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Published On: Thu, Jan 3rd, 2019

Best Standalone VR Headsets 2018 Reviewed

VR experiences are at our fingertips, now more than ever and with the uprising of several breakthrough technologies there are more options to choose from. Initially products in this niche may have been perceived as less accessible due to pricing, however, with more entrants in the market, VR experiences are that much more attainable and the diversified selection of headsets below, could get you all the more closer to your next VR experience. Aniwaa, a tech hardware comparison search engine site, specialises in providing trusted reviews and ratings for a variety of technologies. They put their experts to work, to advise on the best standalone VR headsets of 2018  a guide and good read, covering everything you need to know about VR devices. For now, we’ll share the highlights of the guide as seen below to arm you with the knowledge needed for your next headset purchase.

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HTC VIVE FOCUS

The HTC VIVE FOCUS is the standalone counterpart of the HTC VIVE. It’s seen as one of the most noteworthy VR devices around at present and comes with a range of impressive features. The most important of which is the 6DOF technology (6 degrees of freedom) and positional trackers, enabling you to have an immersive experience second to none. It might cost you more than other entrants in the market, but its features make it a worthy investment.

Oculus Go

One of the first entrants in the VR market, the Oculus Go is synonymous with virtual reality experiences (being one of the first standalone devices) and is one of the most affordable standalone VR headsets available with a price point of $199. It’s known for being easy to use and has a content library providing access to the Oculus store, making high quality games, apps and livestreams quick and easy to obtain and experience.

Lenovo Mirage Solo

Another show stopping headset in Aniwaa’s guide, was the Lenovo Mirage Solo. Created in collaboration with Google, it boasts storage capabilities beyond compare, superior battery life and 6DOF. While it has many advantageous aspects, the one downside of the device is its size, with it often being referred to as bulky. The features of the headset however, might make you overlook the concerns relating to its size, for the quality you’re getting holistically speaking.

Pico Neo

The Pico Neo an upgrade of its predecessor the Pico Goblin has superior features, making it a memorable device in the standalone category. It’s first rate processing power, 3D sound mapping and high-quality resolution makes it standout. If you’re after a distinguished audio and visual VR experience, it’s certainly worth a look.

Oculus Quest

The Oculus Quest is highly anticipated, and it’s expected to be released in the new year. It boasts several improvements on the Oculus Go and presumably will have the similar features to the Oculus Rift. It’s reported that this device will be a game changer in the Oculus range and is awaited with great anticipation from gamers, as there’s been talk that it will offer the world’s first compact VR gaming system. It’s likely to retail at a few hundred dollars more than the Oculus Go, but that’s to be expected with the features it’ll bring to the VR world.

We’ve only covered 5 of the top standalone VR headsets originally covered in the Aniwaa report, but other devices that received special mentions include the DPVR M2 Pro, Pico Goblin, Xiaomi MI VR and the GenBasic Quad HD. Feel free to review the original report to access the complete guide for more information before you make your next VR purchase.

Author: Anwar Hossain

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