VR headsets for PC: Top picks

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VR headsets for PC: Top picks

There are two big categories of Virtual Reality (VR), namely Standalone and PC VR. Many gamers prefer PC VR because it brings the best fidelity and the biggest gaming library. In this article, we’ll look at the best VR headset for PCs (and laptops).

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Top PC VR headsets

Of course, choosing a VR headset for PC gaming is a mixture of specs such as price, comfort, clarity, and audio quality — as well as other features such as eye-tracking and whether you need base stations or the headset uses inside-out tracking. You can also consider whether the headset comes with or without controllers.

Pimax Crystal VR headset

The Pimax Crystal currently has the highest pixel amount of any consumer VR Headset, at 2880 x 2880 pixels per eye. It can achieve 120 Hz natively without upscaling, has glass aspheric lenses, eye-tracking for Dynamic Foveated Rendering, and inside-out tracking so you don’t need base stations. It has already received many positive reviews, including from CNN, Digital Trends and more reviews.

Varjo Aero for PC VR

The Varjo Aero is another top VR headset for PC gaming. It has a maximum refresh rate of 90 Hz, nearly as many pixel amounts as the Crystal and also features eye-tracking.

Oculus Rift S

The Oculus Rift S is an older VR Headset but great for PC VR gaming. With its inside-out tracking and resolution of 1280×1440 per eye, it delivers decent visuals and a comfortable fit. The Rift S also boasts a wide range of compatible games and applications, making it a top choice for both beginners and experienced gamers alike.

HTC Vive Cosmos Elite

For those seeking good performance, the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is a top contender, despite being a bit of an older VR headset. Featuring a 2880×1700 combined pixel resolution and precise tracking with external sensors, this headset provides a great gaming experience when coupled with a good PC. Its compatibility with SteamVR ensures access to a vast library of VR content.

Valve Index

Designed by the creators of Steam, the Valve Index is a powerhouse in the VR gaming world. With a 1440×1600 per eye resolution, a high refresh rate of 120Hz, and precise finger-tracking controllers, the Valve Index delivers an incredibly immersive experience. Its adjustable lenses and customizable head strap add to the overall comfort. You do need base stations to use the Valve Index.

HP Reverb G2

The HP Reverb G2 is renowned for its exceptional display quality, boasting a great 2160×2160 per eye resolution. It also uses inside-out tracking so you don’t need base stations. If visual fidelity is your top priority and you don’t want to break the bank, the Reverb G2 is a strong contender.


Choosing the right VR headset for your PC gaming setup involves considering factors such as display quality, tracking accuracy, and overall comfort. The Pimax Crystal, Varjo Aero, Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive Cosmos Elite, Valve Index, HP Reverb G2 are all excellent options, each catering to different preferences and budgets. Elevate your gaming experience with the immersive world of VR, and let the virtual adventures begin.

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