September 2022

VR Headsets: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of VR Headset rankings posted by key online experts, as of September 2022.

Summary

As of 13 Sep 2022, Oculus Quest 2 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed vr headset with 10 expert endorsements. 7 experts out of 10 recommended it as the '#1 vr headset' this month. It is followed by Valve Index and HTC Vive Pro 2 , with 7 and 6 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - September 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price VR Headset
Forbes
WIRED
Tom's Hardware
BestReviews
CNET
PCMag
Pocket-lint
TechRadar
PC Gamer
Tom's Guide
1
- $365
Oculus Quest 2
1
1
1
2
1
1
2
2
1
1
2
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Valve Index
2
-
2
-
3
3
-
1
2
3
3
- $730
HTC Vive Pro 2
6
-
-
1
-
4
3
3
3
-
4
- $474
HP Reverb G2
3
-
-
4
2
5
5
-
4
-
5
- $349
Sony PlayStation VR
5
-
-
-
4
2
-
4
-
2
6
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Pimax Vision 8K X
-
-
3
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
7
+1 $2399
HTC Vive Focus 3
-
3
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
-1 $696
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
5
-
9
- $575
Oculus Rift S
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
5
-
-

We ranked Oculus Quest 2 #1 in September 2022 because:

  • 10 independent experts mentioned it in their “best VR Headsets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 7 experts ranked Oculus Quest 2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Cheap VR Headset

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WIRED

Best Overall (With a Big Caveat)

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Tom's Hardware

Best VR Headset

Pros
Amazing resolution
Much more powerful than original Quest

Cons
White picks up dirt and grime
Poor controller ergonomics

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BestReviews

Best Bang for the Buck

Pros
Affordable and comfortable headset.
Features an expansive library of games.
Ergonomic controllers and captivating 3D sound.
Setup was simple in our user testing, and the performance was as expected for the price point.

Cons
Users have to log in to a Facebook account to use it.

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CNET

Best (and still most affordable) VR headset

Pros
Self-contained and wireless
great touch controllers
comfortable design for gaming
doubles as PC VR headset.

Cons
Now $101 more expensive

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PCMag

Best Standalone Experience / Editors' Choice

Pros
No cables required
Sharp display
Powerful processor
Accurate motion tracking
Optional PC tethering with accessory cable

Cons
Short battery life

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Pocket-lint

Pros
Amazing value
Standalone
Comfortable

Cons
Facebook login mandatory

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TechRadar

The best VR headset that's the most accessible

Pros
Incredibly immersive experiences
Comfortable weight
Easy to use

Cons
Requires Facebook account linking
Can still cause motion sickness

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PC Gamer

The best VR headset

Pros
Oculus Link tethering
Improved graphics
Great price

Cons
Mandatory Facebook login
Fiddly strap

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Tom's Guide

Best VR headset overall

Pros
Seamless all-in-one VR system
Can connect to PCs
Capable of room-scale VR
Large library of apps

Cons
Controllers aren’t rechargeable
Requires Facebook account

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We ranked Valve Index #2 in September 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best VR Headsets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Valve Index as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best VR Headset for Gaming

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Tom's Hardware

Best VR Headset for PC

Pros
RGB subpixel array eliminates screen-door effect
Wider FOV than comparable headsets
Excellent audio quality

Cons
Very heavy
Less comfortable than the HTC Vive Pro
Cushions are glued on

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CNET

One of the best Steam VR hardware options

Pros
Futuristic controllers
high-quality headset
works with Vive hardware

Cons
Expensive
requires room setup and tethering cable

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PCMag

Best for Revolutionary Controllers / Editors' Choice

Pros
Immersive, finger-tracking controllers
High, 120Hz refresh rate delivers smooth motion
Lots of VR software available on PC via SteamVR

Cons
Expensive
Occasionally frustrating tethered design

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TechRadar

The best VR headset overall

Pros
Widest field of view
'Knuckle' controllers great for tracking

Cons
Requires a high-end GPU
Still expensive compared to competition

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PC Gamer

The best VR headset for a premium experience on a gaming PC

Pros
Best in class hardware
Comfortable to wear
Virtually no SDE

Cons
Setup is awkward
Limited support for finger-tracking

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Tom's Guide

The best controls and tracking in VR

Pros
Great build quality
Smartly designed controllers
Future expansion options

Cons
No charging cable in the box
Heavy

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend VR Headsets.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of VR Headsets, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for September 2022 ranking

We ranked HTC Vive Pro 2 #3 in September 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best VR Headsets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked HTC Vive Pro 2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best VR Headset For PC

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BestReviews

Best of the Best

Pros
Truly Immersive in our user testing.
New 4986 x 2448 resolution doubles previous model's.
Refresh rate of up to 120 Hz for smooth action.
New hard-plastic head mount improves fit and comfort.

Cons
Testers felt the 120-degree field of view was not quite wide enough.
Base stations lack mounting hardware.

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PCMag

Best for the Highest-Resolution VR

Pros
The best resolution for VR gaming
Smooth motion tracking
Works with Valve Index controllers

Cons
Expensive
Doesn't include necessary base stations or controllers

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Pocket-lint

Pros
Amazing display
Nice and comfortable
Plays nice with most games

Cons
You'll need a fancy PC

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TechRadar

High-resolution PC VR

Pros
Very high resolution
Wide field of view
Access to great games

Cons
Expensive
Can get hot
Lots of cables

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PC Gamer

The best display in a mainstream VR headset so far, but it'll cost you.

Pros
Awesome display
Precise tracking
Mature tracking

Cons
Ridiculously expensive
Takes time to setup
Gets hot in use

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We ranked HP Reverb G2 #4 in September 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best VR Headsets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Windows Mixed reality Headset

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BestReviews

High resolution

Pros
Screen resolutions of 2160 x 2160 pixels per eye afford exceptional picture quality.
The lenses can be adjusted to different eye distances.
Near-field speakers create more realistic audio than headphones.

Cons
Cameras need good lighting for best accuracy.
Head tracking can be inconsistent.

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CNET

Highest-Resolution PC VR Headset

Pros
Really sharp high-res display, great audio, comfortable design

Cons
Mediocre controllers

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PCMag

Best for Simple, Tethered VR

Pros
High resolution for the price
Comfortable headset and controllers
Works reliably with SteamVR

Cons
Camera-based tracking has occasional hiccups
Much more expensive than the Oculus Quest 2, even when factoring the optional cable for PC tethering
Windows Mixed Reality is almost completely dead as a VR platform

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Pocket-lint

Pros
Great resolution levels
Works nicely with Steam
Solid pricing

Cons
Not the best controllers

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PC Gamer

The best VR headset from the Windows Mixed Reality group

Pros
Easy setup and long cable
Accessible physical IPD Toggle
No screen door effect

Cons
FOV below average
Limited tracking volume

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We ranked Sony PlayStation VR #5 in September 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best VR Headsets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best PlayStation VR Headset

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CNET

Best bet: wait for PSVR 2 on PS5

Pros
Plenty of games
lower price
works with many PS4 controllers like the DualShock and Move.

Cons
Resolution isn't cutting-edge
Sony hasn't yet made great VR controllers that match the competition, but a new version may be coming next year.

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PCMag

Best for PlayStation Gamers / Editors' Choice

Pros
Immersive VR experience.
Works with non-VR apps and games.
Motion control support.
Low cost of entry compared with PC-based headsets.

Cons
Requires PlayStation Camera, which is not included.
Slightly less powerful than its main competitors.
Some motion-tracking hiccups when playing in brightly lit rooms.

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TechRadar

The best VR headset for consoles

Pros
Affordable compared to the competition
Near PC-quality performance
Good selection of games

Cons
Lacking required accessories in box
Poor job sealing out light
Spotty motion controller tracking

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Tom's Guide

The best VR headset for consoles

Pros
Good gaming library
Fairly easy setup
Relatively affordable

Cons
Camera can be very exacting
Could be visually sharper

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We ranked Pimax Vision 8K X #6 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best VR Headsets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Pimax Vision 8K X as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Hardware

Best VR Headset Splurge

Pros
Excellent clarity at full resolution
Wide FOV

Cons
Poor clarity at reduced resolutions
Requires RTX 3000 or better for 90 Hz

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Pocket-lint

Best VR Headset

Pros
Some of the best specs you'll see
Ultra-wide field of view
Staggering gaming visuals

Cons
Requires a monster PC to run

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We ranked HTC Vive Focus 3 #7 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best VR Headsets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Best for Virtual Work

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Tom's Hardware

Best Standalone VR Headset for Business

Pros
Widest FOV in a standalone headset
Well-balanced weight

Cons
Expensive
Mediocre controller ergonomics

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We ranked HTC Vive Cosmos Elite #8 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best VR Headsets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
BestReviews

Most comprehensive

Pros
Immersive graphics.
Accurate motion controls.
Optimized for premium VR PC gaming.
Detailed 2880 x 1700 resolution.
Crystal-clear stereo audio.
Comfortable fit.

Cons
Controllers can be difficult to use.
Some issues with the Viveport software.

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PC Gamer

HTC goes back to base stations for improved accuracy

Pros
High resolutions displays
Accurate tracking
Includes Half-Life: Alyx and Viveport Infinity

Cons
First-gen controllers and base stations
Not massively innovative

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We ranked Oculus Rift S #9 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best VR Headsets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Pros
Great resolution
Nice and comfortable
Good for glasses-wearers

Cons
Not the newest

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TechRadar

A great older PC VR option

Pros
No external tracking stations
Improved visuals

Cons
Reduced refresh rate
Prone to crashing

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