With today’s rapid development of VR technologies, virtual glasses are becoming more accessible on the market. From the most famous Meta Quest 2, to those a little less known like HP Reverba, in this article we will make a brief overview of vr glasses available today. We’ll start the story with perhaps the most famous VR glasses available on the market today.
Meta Quest 2
These are glasses that, unlike most others, work independently. In other words, you don’t need to invest extra in expensive gaming Computers that can run VR glasses, but just put Quest 2 on your head and you’re ready for action. It is this independence that provides a fairly large degree of freedom in use. Another big advantage of Quest 2 is precisely that it doesn’t have any strings that you could get entangled in while using it.
If you want, you can connect your Quest 2 to your computer and thus use it as classic VR glasses. You can connect it using a USB 3.0 cable, but there is also an alternative – Air Link. The Air link allows wireless connection of glasses to the computer.
On Quest 2, you can play hundreds of different games that you can buy on the Meta Quest Store. Some of the games are free and others have their free demo so you can try the game and see if it suits you before you actually buy it.
In terms of specifications, the Quest 2 comes with 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR 2 chipset that allows for the relatively high resolution and refresh rate that the Quest 2 has. The 1832 x 1920 pixel per-eye resolution provides a pleasant and sharp image that, combined with a 90Hz refresh rate, provides a very smooth and eye-pleasing experience.
In terms of price, Meta Quest 2 is currently one of the most affordable VR glasses. Two variants are currently available. Glasses with 128 GB of space will cost you $ 400 (about 3100 kn / 410 €), while those with twice as much space, 256 GB, will cost you $ 500 (about 3900 kn / 515 €). You can find out more on Meta’s page.
This may seem like a lot of money, but since no other investments are needed, like a powerful computer, it’s not that much in the end.
If you are in any way interested in VR and are looking for VR glasses to introduce you to the world of VR, we would definitely recommend Meta Quest 2 as one of the best starting options.
You’ve probably heard of valve index by now. For those who aren’t, it’s working in one of the most impressive VR glasses currently available on the market. Although it was launched in 2019, it is still a very powerful, high-end VR glasses.
When designing Index, Vlave paid a lot of attention to make ergonomically suitable VR glasses, keeping in mind longer use. Because of this, the Index is extremely comfortable to wear. It is covered with soft fabric that protects your face from irritation and touching any plastic parts. The weight redistribution is quite even, allowing you to wear these glasses for a long time without much fatigue. The space itself located on the eyes is very spacious, making it easier for people who wear glasses to use.
Unlike many VR glasses that come equipped with cameras to monitor controllers, Index tracking uses base stations that you have to set up in your room. It is possible to use only one base station to monitor the controller, although it is much better to use two, which allows you to almost completely monitor the controller, without blind spots.
The controllers themselves are extremely advanced. They’re called knuckles and they’re special in that they come equipped with finger-tracking technology, which allows for a whole new degree of immersion, allowing you to squeeze virtual objects with your whole hand, receive things with two fingers, and a lot of things you can only dream of with other controllers.
Unlike wireless Quest, Index has to be connected to a computer all the time so they can use it. This is also the biggest flaw of these glasses; the need for a very powerful computer.
Another detail that could make the Index less appealing for potential buyers is its high price. So, for a full kit (VR glasses, controllers, two base stations) you will allocate 1079 € (8110 kn). VR glasses and controllers will cost you 799 € (6000 kn) while the hedset itself will cost you 539 € (4050 kn). If you only need controllers, you will pay 299€ (2250 kn) while only base stations will cost you 159 € (1200 kn). Although the price is very high, it is certainly justified because it is one of the highest quality VR experiences that money can buy today. You can find out more on Valve’s page.
If you don’t mind setting aside a large sum of money and want to experience VR at the highest level currently available, Valve Index is definitely the best option for you.
HP Reverb G2
HP Reverb G2 are VR glasses that were created by the collaboration of Microsoft and Valve. Reverb runs on the Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) platform – a platform introduced by Microsoft as part of Windows 10 and 11, which serves to achieve VR and MR experiences using compatible VR glasses.
Similar to the Valve Index, the Reverb is a pretty powerful computer. The primary culprit for this is Reverb’s high resolution; in order to run it at full resolution, you will need one of the strongest graphics cards available today. But despite this, a resolution of 2160 pixels per eye combined with new, improved lenses, will give you a very sharp and high-quality image.
It should be noted that Rverb has a relatively narrow field of vision, which can cause a feeling of embarrassment in some users. In addition to this, the glasses themselves are quite light, balanced and comfortable to wear and use. They are significantly lighter than the Vlave index and very stable; even when you move a lot, it will stay in place.
The controllers that come with The Reverb are comfortable to hold. Their tracking has been improved due to two additional cameras that are installed on the sides of the glasses. However, tracking is still not without its problems. For the most part, it’s difficult to track when the controllers are at hip level. Controllers can sometimes seem clunky due to the large tracking rings we find on them.
As for the price, you can get the HP Reverb G2 for $ 500 (about $ 3850). The price itself isn’t that high, given that we can consider Reverb as competition to Meta Quest 2. However, unlike Quest, Reverb is not wireless. You can check out more on hp’s page.
HP Reverb G2 VR glasses are suitable for users who do not want to spend huge sums of money on premium glasses, but still want a quality VR experience. Also, if you want glasses on par with Meta Quest 2, but with a higher quality and sharper image and you don’t care if these glasses are standalone or rely on a computer, then the HP Reverb G2 might be a good option for you.
Although PlayStation VR (or PSVR for short) came out back in 2016 for PS4, these VR glasses are still quite popular among VR enthusiasts today. Although their work requires a PlayStation console, those who already use PlayStation and are part of Sony’s ecosystem, can open up many new possibilities by acquiring PSVR. Many experimental and action games that are exclusive to PlayStation can be played on PSVR.
In terms of resolution, which is 1920×1080 pixels per eye, PSVR today is already lagging behind more modern VR glasses, but it should be taken into account that these are 7-year-old VR glasses. Regardless, PSVR still provides a quality and comfortable image.
An interesting thing about PSVR is the monitoring system. Although the hedset is equipped with a Sixaxis motion sensor, the entire VR goggles, using six blue lights, are monitored by the PlayStation camera.
In terms of comfort, the weight of these VR glasses is quite evenly distributed, although you will have to take them off after a couple of hours of use to rest. Despite this, the glasses themselves are comfortable and adhere well to the face.
As for controllers, PSVR relies on PlyaStation Move controllers. These controllers are equipped with lights that monitor the PlayStation camera. This system is sometimes not the happiest solution. Specifically, due to the use of ordinary light (unlike infrared light, which is used by most VR systems), ambient light can interfere with the bulbs on controllers and glasses and thus create monitoring errors.
In terms of compatibility, PSVR works with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, so you don’t need to worry if you currently have a PS 4 and at some point you decide to upgrade.
As for the price, psvr will cost you $ 200 (about 1550 kn), which may seem like a lot to someone considering that it is an older device. On the other hand, these are one of the cheaper VR glasses you can get that provide a quality VR experience. You can check out more on the PlayStation page.
PlayStation VR are ideal VR glasses for those who are interested in entering the world of virtual reality but are not willing to set aside a larger sum of money for standalone VR glasses or for premium VR glasses and a powerful gaming computer. They are also extremely suitable for anyone who already owns a PlayStation, and wants to explore the world of VR.
We don’t take into account some of the VR cell phone glasses here, which can also provide an immersive feel for a significantly lower price.