Best Standalone VR Headsets 2019 (Reviews)

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Best Standalone VR Headsets 2019

Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset

Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset – 64GB
  • Receive all 3 Episodes of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series and Lightsaber Dojos when you purchase an Oculus Quest headset between 11/21/2019 and 01/31/2020 (limited time only). Oculus Quest must be activated within 30 days of purchase to redeem offer.
  • All-in-one VR: Simply set up the device with your Oculus mobile app and Oculus Quest has everything you need to explore VR, right out of the box
  • Insight tracking: Oculus Insight tracking system instantly reflects your movements in VR without the need for any external accessories
  • Touch controllers: Oculus Touch controllers precisely recreate your hands, their gestures and interactions, so every game is real enough to reach out and touch
  • Beyond room-scale: Oculus Quest works with your environment, so you can play standing or sitting, in spaces big or small

The oculus quest is an the best VR headset, one of the best standalone headsets VR experience that has much to offer. It is comfortable and versatile with inside-out tracking, and there is no need for any kind of external sensor or PC power. In spite of this, it still offers an immersive gaming experience as a standalone virtual reality. The OLED screen display panel with an eye resolution of 1440 x 1600, and it uses an 835 processor to power itself. It is easy to set up, and you can get it running within minutes.

PROS

FULL 6DoF motion
Tracking with dual controllers
Great display
Comes with nice games
Oculus Store
Best in nearly every category

CONS

Refresh rate not very fast

Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset is the Best Standalone VR Headset in 2019. Standalone headsets don’t get any better than this.

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 32GB
  • Personal Viewing: The littlest, big screen. Crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics make your headset feel more like a personal theater
  • Viewing with Friends: Watch with friends. Meet up in VR with friends and fans from around the world to catch live sports, concerts, or just your favorite TV show
  • Portable & Easy to use: Ready when you are. Experience portable, all-in-one VR. That means no PC, phone, wires or hassles
  • Controller: Effortless control. Whether it's navigating to your favorite shows or to a far-off land, the intuitive controller makes getting there a cinch
  • Built-In Audio: Surrounded by sound. Spatial audio drivers are built right into the headset, providing dramatic, immersive sound without the need for bulky or tangled headphones. Oculus Go also features a 3.5 mm audio jack

The Oculus Go is a very comfortable VR headset to wear, and the goggles press firmly onto the face. It has a good display, and the speaker sounds excellently well. It is very portable, and you can conveniently put it in your backpack. The LCD display is crisp, especially when you are watching a video or seeing a movie. It is powered by an 821-snapdragon processor. The 2 560 x 1440-pixel LCD display and the 5.5- inch screen holds it down.

PROS

Best in Comfort
Amazing fit and design
Wide range of content
Affordable price
Oculus store

CONS

Takes time to recharge

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset is the Best budget Standalone VR Headset in 2019. A great entry option for anyone wishing to experience VR in a standalone package.

Lenovo Mirage Solo Standalone VR with Daydream

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Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, Standalone VR Headset with Worldsense Body Tracking, Ultra-Crisp...
  • STANDALONE VR HEADSET: Stow away the phones, expensive PCs and cumbersome cables and just experience awesome VR--without the extra hassle. With Worldsense technology, you can move naturally and truly explore your virtual world, free from external sensors
  • COMFORTABLE DESIGN: Lenovo Mirage Solo's engineered to be so comfortable, you’ll forget you were wearing it. Artfully weight-balanced and coated with breathable, thick padding, it's adjustable to your precise measurements. Mirage Solo sports a stand-out look that begs to be worn, while gesturing to the future. VR has never been so appealing
  • POWERFUL VR HARDWARE: Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile VR Platform, the Lenovo Mirage Solo delivers untethered high-quality, immersive VR experiences with the ability to feature 6 degrees of freedom movement, 3D audio and 4K visuals with natural interactions
  • HIGH QUALITY, CURATED VR EXPERIENCES: Lenovo Mirage Solo puts Daydream VR’s hundreds of incredible experiences at your fingertips–including YouTube, Netflix and much more. Access a whole new library of WorldSense-powered experiences, such as Blade Runner: Revelations, which lets you move about and interact with your environment as you search for clues to unravel a Replicant conspiracy
  • RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF BLADE RUNNER: REVELATIONS: When you purchase the Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset.* Valid for 1 copy of the Blade Runner game from Google Play. Open to participants who have purchased and activated a Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream VR headset on or before December 31, 2018. Offer ends December 31, 2018 or until supplies last. Limit 1 per customer. Valid in the United States only. Offer not valid on previous purchases. Age restrictions apply. See Google Content Promotion Terms and Google Play Terms for more information. Promoter: Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

This standalone virtual reality product that was made by Lenovo in collaboration with Google. It is compatible with the Google Daydream VR platform, one of the best platforms. The Google Daydream View platform contains some of the best content in all of VR. Mirage Solo features a 64 GB of storage a 4 GB RAM processor. The micro SD card slots allow users to expand memory. It has a refresh rate of 75 Hz, which is one of the best. with a quality LCD display. The controllers offer 3DoF – which is clickable with volume control. Also, it has built-in tracking cameras that provide more freedom.

PROS

· Large memory and storage option
· High precision for positional tracking
· Long battery life

CONS

Doesn’t come with built-in headphones

Lenovo Mirage Solo is one of the best virtual reality headsets in 2019. If you are looking for a non Occulus virtual reality headset, this is the best option.

4. HTC Vive Pro Focus Plus

HTC Vive Pro Focus Plus 6DOF VR Headset in Almond White Bundle Including VR Headset, Controllers,...
  • CUTTING EDGE VR TECHNOLOGY - To take you where other VR headsets aren’t able through gaze support as well as hand location and gesture tracking
  • STAY UNTETHERED - With world-scale tracking and no need for a tethered PC or base stations
  • EXTREMELY PORTABLE - With a light-weight, easy to transport design for immersive VR environments that scale to the user’s needs
  • SHARP VISUALS - Through 2880 x 1600 combined resolution at 615 PPI
  • HTC VIVE Focus Plus system including VR headset, controllers, face cushion, QC 3.0 charger, and USB Type-C cable

PROS

Excellent speakers
Good content

CONS

Has some focus problems

FEATURES

The HTC Vive Focus is one of the best standalone VR headsets in the market today, with astonishing design. It balances well, and its excellent contents are easy to access – a unique advantage of this VR brand. The controllers are easy to use, and the speakers sound incredibly well. The tracking is accurate, and the visual quality is top-notch. It loaded with packs of exciting content that its fans will love.

HTC Vive Pro Focus Plus is a great standalone virtual reality headset in 2019. A great alternative to consider.

Bestsellers

Bestseller No. 1
Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 32GB
  • Personal Viewing: The littlest, big screen. Crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics make your headset feel more like a personal theater
  • Viewing with Friends: Watch with friends. Meet up in VR with friends and fans from around the world to catch live sports, concerts, or just your favorite TV show
  • Portable & Easy to use: Ready when you are. Experience portable, all-in-one VR. That means no PC, phone, wires or hassles
  • Controller: Effortless control. Whether it's navigating to your favorite shows or to a far-off land, the intuitive controller makes getting there a cinch
  • Built-In Audio: Surrounded by sound. Spatial audio drivers are built right into the headset, providing dramatic, immersive sound without the need for bulky or tangled headphones. Oculus Go also features a 3.5 mm audio jack
Bestseller No. 2
Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset – 64GB
  • Receive all 3 Episodes of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series and Lightsaber Dojos when you purchase an Oculus Quest headset between 11/21/2019 and 01/31/2020 (limited time only). Oculus Quest must be activated within 30 days of purchase to redeem offer.
  • All-in-one VR: Simply set up the device with your Oculus mobile app and Oculus Quest has everything you need to explore VR, right out of the box
  • Insight tracking: Oculus Insight tracking system instantly reflects your movements in VR without the need for any external accessories
  • Touch controllers: Oculus Touch controllers precisely recreate your hands, their gestures and interactions, so every game is real enough to reach out and touch
  • Beyond room-scale: Oculus Quest works with your environment, so you can play standing or sitting, in spaces big or small
SaleBestseller No. 3
Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, Standalone VR Headset with Worldsense Body Tracking, Ultra-Crisp...
  • STANDALONE VR HEADSET: Stow away the phones, expensive PCs and cumbersome cables and just experience awesome VR--without the extra hassle. With Worldsense technology, you can move naturally and truly explore your virtual world, free from external sensors
  • COMFORTABLE DESIGN: Lenovo Mirage Solo's engineered to be so comfortable, you’ll forget you were wearing it. Artfully weight-balanced and coated with breathable, thick padding, it's adjustable to your precise measurements. Mirage Solo sports a stand-out look that begs to be worn, while gesturing to the future. VR has never been so appealing
  • POWERFUL VR HARDWARE: Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile VR Platform, the Lenovo Mirage Solo delivers untethered high-quality, immersive VR experiences with the ability to feature 6 degrees of freedom movement, 3D audio and 4K visuals with natural interactions
  • HIGH QUALITY, CURATED VR EXPERIENCES: Lenovo Mirage Solo puts Daydream VR’s hundreds of incredible experiences at your fingertips–including YouTube, Netflix and much more. Access a whole new library of WorldSense-powered experiences, such as Blade Runner: Revelations, which lets you move about and interact with your environment as you search for clues to unravel a Replicant conspiracy
  • RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF BLADE RUNNER: REVELATIONS: When you purchase the Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset.* Valid for 1 copy of the Blade Runner game from Google Play. Open to participants who have purchased and activated a Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream VR headset on or before December 31, 2018. Offer ends December 31, 2018 or until supplies last. Limit 1 per customer. Valid in the United States only. Offer not valid on previous purchases. Age restrictions apply. See Google Content Promotion Terms and Google Play Terms for more information. Promoter: Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
Bestseller No. 4
Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 64GB
  • Personal Viewing: The littlest, big screen. Crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics make your headset feel more like a personal theater
  • Viewing with Friends: Watch with friends. Meet up in VR with friends and fans from around the world to catch live sports, concerts, or just your favorite TV show
  • Portable & Easy to use: Ready when you are. Experience portable, all-in-one VR. That means no PC, phone, wires or hassles
  • Controller: Effortless control. Whether it's navigating to your favorite shows or to a far-off land, the intuitive controller makes getting there a cinch
  • Built-In Audio: Surrounded by sound. Spatial audio drivers are built right into the headset, providing dramatic, immersive sound without the need for bulky or tangled headphones. Oculus Go also features a 3.5 mm audio jack
Bestseller No. 5
PVR Iris Standalone Virtual Reality Headset All-in-One VR Glasses for 2D 3D VR Videos- YouTube...
  • 【Comfortable & portable】- The 300g ultra-light weight and soft face foam pad make the wearing experience pressure-less and comfortable. Portable all in one VR, no phone, PC or cables needed; with wifi ready, you can even stream videos online.
  • 【Crystal clear】- 2560*1440*3 pixels display screen resolution and 6K H.265 60Mbps decoding capability reduce the screen-door effect and distortion while improve the viewing clarity, which guarantee you enjoy a smooth ride in your private theater.
  • 【Support popular free Apps and built in browser】- IRIS VR goggles support Po*nhub and PVR adult Apps and YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and other popular free Apps. You can download and install them directly in the IRIS device. You can also use the built-in browser to navigate to any website.
  • 【Support external storage】- support MicroSD card max.256 GB and USB hard drive for external storage and you can play videos stored there directly from your IRIS device. You can even SHARE movies stored in your PC to IRIS device under local network and play them directly from IRIS, without copying or moving them!
  • 【Support videos and images of full kinds】- you can view 3D/2D images of JPEG and PNG formats, 3D/2D videos of AVI, MOV, MKV, WMV and MP4 formats directly in your IRIS device without trans-coding.
Bestseller No. 6
Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset – 128GB
  • Receive all 3 Episodes of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series and Lightsaber Dojos when you purchase an Oculus Quest headset between 11/21/2019 and 01/31/2020 (limited time only). Oculus Quest must be activated within 30 days of purchase to redeem offer.
  • All-in-one VR: No PC. No wires. No limits. Oculus Quest is an all-in-one gaming system built for virtual reality. Now you can play almost anywhere with just a VR headset and controllers.
  • Oculus Touch Controllers: Arm yourself with the award-winning Oculus Touch controllers. Your slashes, throws and grabs appear in VR with intuitive, realistic precision, transporting your hands and gestures right into the game
  • Easy set up: The world is your arcade. Set up is easy whether you're at home or someplace new. Oculus Quest works with your environment, so you can play standing or sitting in spaces big or small.
  • Incredible VR Games: Stop watching games and step into them. Whether you're dodging spells or slashing through enemy hordes, you've never been this close to the action.
SaleBestseller No. 7
Avegant Glyph AG101 VR Video Headsets
  • Authentic Avegant Glyph VR video headsets, come with Retinal Imaging Technology, it is the most advanced viewing experience for wearable displays. +1 to -7 diopter adjustment range makes most Shortsighted and Farsighted people enjoy clear images without wearing glasses;
  • Built in 720p HDMI display screen, supports all HDMI output devices, such as smart TV, PS4, smart phone (need HDMI hub adapter), and you do not need to install your smart phone on;
  • Lightweight so that you may not feel uncomfortable with such bearing on your head. Package comes with an external head strap to make it more stable on your head;
  • Unlike other VR glasses, you can pay attention to surrounding without taking this Glyph off, just move down your sight and you will see scene around you. It can also be used as headphones by connection cellphone via audio cable. If you want to have a rest, just hang the VR on your neck like a headset;
  • Built in a charging and discharging battery with 2060mAh battery, working time is up to 4 hours (theoretically), supporting you finish watching one to two movies. You can also use it while charging, good private theater.
SaleBestseller No. 9
Samsung Gear VR w/Controller (2017) SM-R325NZVAXAR (US Version w/Warranty)
  • Be transported to amazing new worlds, in games, video and images. 360° experience. Weight 0.76lbs
  • Use the intuitive controller that comes in the box to drop, point, select and Drag with a Wave of your wrist
  • Hundreds of games and experiences from Oculus. Sensor Type : Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor
  • Samsung Galaxy USB Type C models: Note8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ ; and Micro USB models: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Galaxy Note9 requires a new adapter to be sourced free of charge from Samsung Customer Service
Bestseller No. 10
Portable VR Headset Standalone Virtual Reality Smart Wearable Headset With Dual Integrated...
  • Excellent Beginner VR Headset: Upgraded hardware from previous generation. Equipped with 2560*1440p HD screen(Support 4K pixel video playing), 4 core 1.8 Ghz CPU, Nine-axis gyroscope and 2G RAM+16G ROM. This product could be your best choice of VR Headset!
  • Portable Design And Dual Integrate Headphone:Compare to other VR, our product has integrate the headphones into this VR headset. it is very easy to storage and carry because you can folding it anytime if you need! Mini product size can offer comfortable wearing experience to users as well.
  • 110°FOV And Humanity Focus Adjustable Wheel:Unlike the tradition 90°FOV, this standalone headset offer wider, lighter, sharper 110° FOV (Fieldangle Of View), which can provide wider viewing angle. It also have focus adjustable wheel for 0-800°myopia users to view the screen comfortably.
  • Base On Android 7.1 System:The VR headset’s operating system is base on Android 7.1. It has many built-in app and many funny features. You can visit Nibiru app store, VR browser, play VR games, and watching VR images or videos, etc.
  • 4000 mAh Large Capacity Battery:It equip with a long life battery. 4000mAh can offer more than 4 hours playing times. Every users can enjoy the wonderful VR world without trouble of electricity anymore!

What is the best Virtual Reality headset?

This is a big question that needs to be answered. The answer is it depends on your needs. Only you know what is best for you. You have to decide what you want. Today, modern virtual reality headsets fall under three categories;

Mobile

Mobile VR headsets are boxes with lenses into which you put your phone. Hence, the name “mobile.” The lenses are two, and they split your screen into two images for your eyes, turning your mobile device into a VR. Popular mobile VR devices are Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR, and they are not expensive. The processing is done on your smartphone, so you don’t need to tether any wires to your headset.
Although they provide a taste of VR experience, mobile headsets don’t offer the full immersive experience. They provide three-degree-of-freedom (3DOF) motion tracking. This means they can only follow your direction, but they lack positioning. You can’t have the same immersive experience a six degrees of freedom (6DOF) dual motion and motion tracking controllers offers.

Tethered

On the other hand, tethered VR headsets like the popular Oculus Rift S, the PlayStation VR, and the HTC Vive Cosmos are connected to PC’s physically, or a PlayStation 4 as in the case of the PlayStation VR. The cables make them sort of bulky. The image fidelity is a lot much better compared to mobile VR. This is because instead of using a smartphone, they have special screens for processing dedicated displays. The external sensors on the headsets provide a complete 6DOF tracking movement.
Asides the cables, the price is a trade-off. The cheapest tethered headset goes for about $400. Keep in mind that you will still have to consider the processing issue. For instance, for the Vive and Rift S headsets to run, you have to connect a powerful PC, while you need a PlayStation 4 for the PlayStation VR to run. The cables and the price are deal-breakers.

Standalone

Standalone headsets require no cables or tethering. They provide a solution to buying a powerful PC or a flagship smartphone. You will enjoy the fully immersive VR experience without the burden of a bulky headset, or unwieldy cables.

What is a standalone VR headset?

The reason most people want a VR headset is for any of these reasons; to play video games, to see movies, or to experience art on a whole new level. There are several options to explore to enjoy for the same purpose. There are many similarities between standalone VR headset and the tethered VR headset, like the HTC VIVE Pro, HTC VIVE, and Oculus Rift. Similar to these headsets, users can interact with a virtual world using 6DoF controllers like the Oculus Touch. The headset also offers high power performance and reliability, fueling an immersive experience.
Standalone VR headsets are very advanced with built-in screens, storage, and processors have been developed. This is great for hobbyists who don’t want to spend separately on a gaming PC and a PC VR headset. Instead, use a mobile headset that uses a smartphone as the screen.

The difference between a standalone and a tethered powered VR headset is that the former is not connected to a powerful computer – hence, the name “standalone.” The headset is untethered and is usable without any sensors or wires. This makes the headset to work without, although will less functionality and power. You can say both of them are the best at what they do.

Tethered VR headset is more powerful than its standalone art counterpart. High-end headsets can connect to a powerful PC to deliver some ultra-realistic experience. Standalone VR headsets are designed with a mobile component to make them function independently. Standalone VR headset is more like technology in the future because it’s not yet as prominent as its counterpart tethered VR headset.

Best VR headsets company

Oculus – Oculus is the best VR headsets maker. Oculus Go was released in 2018, and it was accepted with widespread applause and appeal. 2019 witnessed the release of the Oculus Quest.

Google – goggle manufactures both high-end and low-end VR experience. We saw this in the release of Google Daydream and Google Cardboard. With Google Daydream, platers can control with the 3DoF controllers, but
Google cardboard comes with no control input.

HTC – in 2018, the company announced the release of the HTC VIVE Focus. HTC is renowned for the manufacture of VR’s that produces powerful experience HTC makes some of the best VR headsets.

PlayStation – PSVR, the PlayStation VR debuted in 2018.

Samsung – Samsung gear was created to give players with excellent VR experience. However, it is restricted to only phones on the Samsung Galaxy series. Samsung makes the best mobile vr headset.

Lenovo – Lenovo mirage was released in 2018, and it received a lot of positive reviews.

We are watching these companies to release even more advanced standalone VR headsets in the coming years.

Things to consider when choosing the best standalone VR headset

Controllers

Controllers are essential to consider when choosing a standalone VR headset. This is because there are different types of controllers, and they vary in features as well. Some controllers offer 1:1 true positioning tracking, while some do not. Controllers are your passageway into the world of virtual reality.

Standalone VR controllers are excellent, but they are not as advanced as those of tethered VR. They don’t offer the same accuracy of tracking as the advanced controllers. Usually, they are limited to 3 degrees of freedom (3DOF) – it only tracks location, and is unable to track movement in physical space.

Tracking

There are two types of controller tracking: 3DoF AND 6DoF.
A 3 degree of freedom means you will stand in one place and be able to look up and down. However, any movement backward or forward cannot be tracked. On the other hand, 6 degrees of freedom will follow other movements that are untrackable with a 3DoF controller. This gives you a better immersive experience. With a 6DoF controller, you can walk physically, bend down to pick up an item on the floor, and many more in the virtual world. 6 degrees of freedom is the best vr experience.

FOV, resolution, and refresh rate

You should be concerned about the resolution and refresh rate of any VR headset before you select one to buy. These two are big determiners of your VR experience. The higher the resolution, the better the quality of the image that your VR headset screen will produce. It means a smoother edge, and the text will become easy to read, and generally the best possible VR experience.
All these high resolutions will be useless if you have a poor refresh rate. In the early days of VR, a lot of tests were done to get the ideal refresh to tackle motion sickness that VR users experienced. After all the tests, the general consensus is that the minimum requirement for a fast-paced VR should be 90Hz. If the game or app is not intense, 70Hz can work fine. So, you can consider a 70Hz VR headset if you won’t be doing anything extreme But anything above, will give you the best quality.

Anything below 60Hz, and you will start to experience motion sickness when you are using your VR headset because there will be lags in the images processing. It will take too much time for images to refresh as you move. Interestingly, most of the popular VR brands are at least 70Hz, so you have no need to worry, except if you are going for an unbranded VR headset.
Finally, the FOV or field of view gives you a perception of how immersive your VR headset is. Generally, you should opt for a VR headset that offers between 100 and 110 degrees. This is the present market cap. For instance, the human eye has a FOV of 220 degrees.

Inside-out tracking

The newest VR headsets achieve 6DoF positional tracking by using inside-out tracking. They use several inbuilt cameras on the headset to achieve this. Some headsets need to set up one or two external sensors in a room so that they can track 6DoF. External trackers make tracking precision even better, but you have to consider their set up.

IPD range

IPD (Interpupillary-distance) is just another way of describing the distance between your eyes. You can calculate this yourself by using a mirror and a ruler. The best standalone VR headsets come with adjustable lens IPD, that can physically adjust the length of the lenses to match your face IPD. This will help you minimize VR-sickness and blurriness.

Platform

Just and an android phone uses apps from the play store and an iPhone from uses apps from the App Store, each VR headset should be compatible with multiple platforms. The largest platforms are the Oculus Rift Store and the SteamVR. There are many other separate stores for Oculus Quest, Google Daydream, PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, Google Cardboard, and Windows WMR store.

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