Best affordable VR headsets

Updated on
Best affordable VR headsets

If you’re looking to get into virtual reality but don’t want to break the bank, here’s a look at some affordable virtual reality headsets. We take a look at the Pimax outlet headsets, which are much cheaper than buying brand-new ones. It’s a great deal for many newcomers to VR. At the end of this blog, we also share with you several popular choices to start with an adventure of VR experience at the very beginning. 

The benefits of affordable VR headsets (Pimax Outlets)

There are multiple affordable options, but a great way to get a VR headset with high specs is to use Pimax’s outlet program. Pimax Outlet VR headsets are affordable and worth it.

1. Good as new, for a lower price

These VR headsets are factory-built new units that have cosmetic issues that occur during production or transportation. The defects with these devices are cosmetic in nature and they go through a rigorous testing process to ensure they are fully functional and operate with the same capabilities as a new headset.

During the days of being out of stock of new products, it is the best time for you to get a whole new factory-built unit at a lower price of at least 399$ (Only before 1st April 16:00 PM CST).

2. Last chance to get a 200° FOV VR headset

Due to the upgrade of the Pimax headsets and the out-of-stock of most Pimax headsets (5K Super KDMAS and 8KX KDMAS), it is the last time that you can get a 200° FOV headset. If you are a VR player of simulators or who just cares much about the wide FOV, you definitely need to try the Pimax outlet series to get an immersive VR experience with no screen-door effect, leading to a panoramic view of users’ eyes to catch an enemy. 

3. Trade-in Program for 12K VR headset

What will you do if you have a Pimax headset? Guess what? You can get a trade-in for Pimax 12K later with the sold price, which means you get the priority to get a 12K headset and can use a Pimax headset with 200-degree FOV and super clarity in advance.

About Pimax 12K QLED Trade-In Program fully details (Revised April 2022) - orders - OpenMR

4. Full-warranty on these VR headsets

All Pimax headsets come with 12 Months Manufacturer Warranty.

Pimax Outlet Headset

Service-policy | Pimax

5. Fast Customer Support

This is something you may not get if you buy a secondhand headset from eBay. 

Here is the Freshdesk data from Pimax Support of the first season of 2023.

6. Free Shipping

7. Choosing your budget VR headset


Why outlets are the best-value VR headsets

The word that we use here for Pimax headsets with cosmetic issues, outlet, comes from the English language and is used more and more to refer to factory stores in these days. It is the diminutive of “factory outlet” which literally means “out of the factory”.

The concept of factory outlet stores first appeared in the 1930s. Manufacturers had the idea of selling slightly damaged items to their own employees as they could not be displayed in a shop.

Here, Pimax, as a own factory manufacturer, rather than throwing the outlet headsets away, Pimax preferred to sell them to their customers at a lower price. This win-win concept kept the idea of sustainability and environmentalism and gave customers access to quality products at a lower cost. What a genius idea for Pimax!

Other brands for cheap VR headsets

Meanwhile, there are plenty of affordable VR headsets for less than 300$ on the market that offers a primary VR experience without spending too much. But, most of them are VR boxes, which means you need a smartphone to act as a display of the headset. In this blog post, we'll take a look at several brands, which are good affordable VR headsets.

  • Oculus Go

The Oculus Go is one of the most affordable standalone VR headsets on the market, with a price tag of around $240. It offers a VR experience with a 1280×1440 per eye resolution display(5.5-inch LCD) and built-in speakers. It's also wireless, which means you don't need to be tethered to a computer or console. The headset comes with a range of apps and games, including Netflix and Hulu. It’s not bad if you just want to watch videos and care less about the display clarity.


  • Samsung Gear VR

The Samsung Gear VR is another affordable option, with a price tag of around $100. It's compatible with a range of Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, Note8, Note5, S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+. It offers a 101-degree field of view, which provides an immersive experience. The headset comes with a range of apps and games, including Minecraft and Jurassic World.


  1. Google Daydream View

The Google Daydream View is an affordable VR headset for Android users, with a price tag of around $80. It's compatible with a range of smartphones, including the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/Note 8, Moto Z/Z2, LG V30, and ASUS ZenFone AR. The headset is comfortable to wear and comes with a motion controller for a more immersive experience. It also has a range of apps and games, including YouTube VR and HBO Now.



In conclusion, there are several affordable VR headsets on the market that offer a start-up VR experience. When choosing a headset, it's important to consider factors such as compatibility, the after-sale warranty, cost-effectiveness and stand for the long term and what you really wanna do with it, for general VR games, simulator VR games, shooting VR games, or just for watching videos. By selecting the right affordable VR headset with your deep consideration, you can enjoy an immersive VR experience without breaking the bank. As for Pimax Outlet headsets, it is both cost-effective and long-term used without any smartphone devices.

Thanks for your time. If you still have questions about the Pimax outlet series, please don’t wait to create a ticket in Pimax Support. Happy to hear from you. See you next Blog!

Updated on