May 2022

VR Headsets: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - May 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price VR Headset
BestReviews
Tom's Guide
CNET
Tom's Hardware
PC Gamer
Forbes
WIRED
PCMag
TechRadar
Pocket-lint
1
- $338
Oculus Quest 2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
- $1109
Valve Index
-
3
3
2
2
2
-
3
1
-
3
- $699
HTC Vive Pro 2
1
-
-
-
3
6
-
4
3
3
4
+1 $569
HP Reverb G2
4
-
2
-
4
3
-
5
-
5
5
-1 $421
Sony PlayStation VR
-
2
4
-
-
5
-
2
4
-
6
- Check price
Pimax Vision 8K X
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
1
7
- $749
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite
3
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
8
- $2399
HTC Vive Focus 3
-
-
-
5
-
-
3
-
-
-
9
- $595
Oculus Rift S
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
4

We ranked Oculus Quest 2 #1 in May 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:
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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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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CNET

Best stand-alone VR

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

Cons
Requires Facebook account.

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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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PC Gamer

The best VR headset

Pros
Oculus Link tethering
Improved graphics
Great price

Cons
Mandatory Facebook login
Fiddly strap

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Forbes

Best Cheap VR Headset

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WIRED

Best Overall

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PCMag

Best for a Cable-Free Experience

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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TechRadar

The best standalone 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

Pros
Amazing value
Standalone
Comfortable

Cons
Facebook login mandatory

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We ranked Valve Index #2 in May 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:
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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CNET

Best PC VR to explore the future of VR controllers

Pros
Amazing futuristic controllers
high-quality headset
works with Vive hardware.

Cons
Expensive
requires room setup and tethering cable

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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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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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Forbes

Best VR Headset for Gaming

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PCMag

Best for Revolutionary Controllers

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

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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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 May 2022 ranking

We ranked HTC Vive Pro 2 #3 in May 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:
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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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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Forbes

Best VR Headset For PC

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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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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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Pocket-lint

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 May 2022 because:

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

Best Windows Mixed reality Headset

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

  • 5 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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CNET

Still worth it for the games

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

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PCMag

Best for PlayStation Gamers

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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We ranked Pimax Vision 8K X #6 in May 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 Cosmos Elite #7 in May 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 HTC Vive Focus 3 #8 in May 2022 because:

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

Best for Virtual Work

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

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

Pros
Great resolution
Nice and comfortable
Good for glasses-wearers

Cons
Not the newest

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