January 2023

VR Headsets: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of VR Headset rankings posted by key online experts, as of January 2023.

Summary

Between 11 Jan 2023 and 12 Jan 2023, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 50 VR Headset endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

15 VR Headsets were endorsed in total, only 9 made it into this month's ranking (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included).

As of 12 Jan 2023, 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.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking VR headsets start at $99.60 (Sony PlayStation VR) and go up to $2390 (HTC Vive Focus 3). Median vr headset costs $580 (Oculus Rift S).
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At a glance - January 2023 Ranking

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Rank Change Price VR Headset
WIRED
Tom's Hardware
Tom's Guide
PCMag
CNET
Forbes
PC Gamer
BestReviews
TechRadar
Pocket-lint
1
- Check price
Oculus Quest 2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
- Check price
Valve Index
-
2
3
4
3
2
2
-
1
-
3
- $699
HTC Vive Pro 2
-
-
-
5
-
7
3
1
3
4
4
- $494
HP Reverb G2
-
-
-
6
2
4
4
4
5
6
5
- Check price
Sony PlayStation VR
-
-
2
3
4
6
-
-
4
7
6
- Check price
Pimax Vision 8K X
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
7
- Check price
Meta Quest Pro
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
5
-
-
8
+1 $2390
HTC Vive Focus 3
3
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
-1 $744
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
3
-
-

Sorted by price:

Position in ranking Price VR Headset
#5 $99.60 Sony PlayStation VR [buy] [more info]
#1 $333.33 Oculus Quest 2 [buy] [more info]
#4 $494 HP Reverb G2 [buy] [more info]
#3 $699 HTC Vive Pro 2 [buy] [more info]
#9 $743.99 HTC Vive Cosmos Elite [buy] [more info]
#6 $909 Pimax Vision 8K X [buy] [more info]
#8 $2390 HTC Vive Focus 3 [buy] [more info]

We ranked Oculus Quest 2 #1 in January 2023 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:
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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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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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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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; plenty of apps

Cons
More expensive

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Forbes

Best VR Headset Overall

Pros
Super accessible, no PC or smartphone required
High resolution all-but-eliminates the screen door effect
Good library of first and third-party games and experiences

Cons
Not as high refresh rate as PC-centric models
Inside out tracking has some occlusion issues

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PC Gamer

The best VR headset

Pros
Oculus Link tethering
Improved graphics
Great price
Steady updates

Cons
Mandatory Facebook login
Fiddly strap

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BestReviews

Best Bang for the Buck

Pros
There are more than 350 games, media players, fitness apps, entertainment hubs, and more. The intuitive controls are easy to figure out. Untethered capabilities don't require a console or PC to set up. It can be connected to a PC for even more games options.

Cons
Must have a Meta account to use the headset.

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TechRadar

The most accessible VR headset

Pros
Incredibly immersive experiences
Comfortable weight
Easy to use

Cons
Requires Facebook account linking
Can still cause motion sickness

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Pocket-lint

Best standalone headset

Pros
Amazing value
Standalone
Comfortable

Cons
Facebook login mandatory

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We ranked Valve Index #2 in January 2023 because:

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

Best for Excellent 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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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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Forbes

Best Premium VR Headset

Pros
High refresh rate delivers smoother VR
High resolution gives crisp visuals
External Lighthouse sensors offer class-leading tracking

Cons
No official wireless option
It's expensive for the full kit

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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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TechRadar

The best VR headset

Pros
Widest field of view
'Knuckle' controllers great for tracking
Well-supported game library

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

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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 January 2023 ranking

We ranked HTC Vive Pro 2 #3 in January 2023 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:
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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Forbes

Best VR Headset For PC

Pros
Big library of SteamVR content to play
Wireless option
Very high resolution

Cons
Wireless mode limits the resolution considerably
LCD screens don't offer the contrast of the first Pro's OLED

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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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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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TechRadar

The best high-resolution VR headset

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

Cons
Expensive
Can get hot
Lots of cables

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Pocket-lint

Excellent alternative

Pros
Amazing display
Nice and comfortable
Plays nice with most games

Cons
You'll need a fancy PC

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We ranked HP Reverb G2 #4 in January 2023 because:

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

Highest-Resolution PC VR Headset

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

Cons
Mediocre controllers

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Forbes

Best Windows Mixed reality Headset

Pros
One of the highest resolution VR headsets available
Inside-out tracking makes makes it easy to setup and use day to day
Capable motion controllers come as standard

Cons
Inside-out tracking has some occlusion issues
Lacks high refresh rate of some other VR headsets

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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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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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TechRadar

The best affordable VR headset for PC

Pros
No screen door effect
Easy to set up
Incredibly high-resolution lens

Cons
Motion Tracking lacks some precision
Requires a decent gaming PC

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Pocket-lint

Excellent display

Pros
Great resolution levels
Works nicely with Steam
Solid pricing

Cons
Not the best controllers

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We ranked Sony PlayStation VR #5 in January 2023 because:

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

Best PlayStation VR Headset

Pros
Great library of PSVR games to pick from
The only real console VR experience available
Works with PS4 and PS5

Cons
PSVR2 is releasing in early 2023
The headset, controllers, and tracking have fallen behind newer designs

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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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Pocket-lint

Plug and play fun

Pros
Works so easily with PlayStation consoles
Some great games to try

Cons
Not the biggest library to call on

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We ranked Pimax Vision 8K X #6 in January 2023 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 Meta Quest Pro #7 in January 2023 because:

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

Best for Pros and High-End Enthusiasts

Pros
Improved design with a more comfortable fit than the Quest 2
Cool eye- and face-tracking tech
Color pass-through camera
Rechargeable headset and controllers
Doesn't require a PC to operate

Cons
Expensive
Meta Horizon's metaverse is often empty and sometimes buggy
Short battery life

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BestReviews

Comfortable & Versatile

Pros
The company's premier VR headset includes a high-quality screen and top-of-the-line control schemes for a comprehensive experience. There's 256 GB of onboard storage and 12 GB of RAM with spatial audio and movement/face sensors.

Cons
The Metaverse itself fails to live up to the tech and other uses.

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We ranked HTC Vive Focus 3 #8 in January 2023 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 #9 in January 2023 because:

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