Best VR Headsets In 2022

From Oculus Quest 2 to Valve Index, here are the best VR headsets to consider for PC gaming and more.

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The best VR headsets provide a level of immersion in games and other experiences that you simply can't get elsewhere. Virtual reality gaming has evolved a lot over the past few years, and you no longer have to be hardwired to a powerful PC rig to get an impressive experience. Headset prices have also dropped over the years, but of course the most technically advanced headsets can still cost a pretty penny. As of 2022, the Oculus Quest 2 (technically Meta Quest 2) remains the best VR headset for most people thanks to its standalone, wireless design, great features, and reasonable price. But Meta is more than likely working on an Oculus Quest 2 successor, so the technology figures to get even better in the not-so-distant future. Meanwhile, Sony's new PlayStation VR headset for PS5 is in the pipeline, and it will likely be one of the most impressive VR headsets when it arrives. We've rounded up the best VR headsets in 2022. Outside of the Quest 2, however, it may not be the best time to purchase a VR headset--due to new, and likely better, headsets on the horizon.

Finding the best VR headset for you

The first thing that's important to know before buying a VR headset is that some VR games are exclusive to specific headsets. Oculus and PlayStation VR both have their own storefronts that offer unique games, unavailable to HTC, Valve, and other companies' headsets. Of course, you can still get an impressive experience with the Valve Index or HTC Vive line of headsets, especially considering the great library of VR games on Steam. Each VR headset has its advantages and unique qualities, such as high resolutions, AMOLED displays, and built-in speakers.

The Oculus Quest 2 is a powerful mobile VR headset that gives you great experiences without connecting to a PC--no sensors required. The Valve Index requires you to connect to a PC and use sensors, but it also provides the most high-end VR experience available today. And of course, there's PlayStation VR, which has the benefit of being compatible with Sony's first-party lineup of VR games. Each headset has its unique features and benefits, so you'll need to decide which one is the best for you, based on your price range.

The best VR headset for 2022

Whether you're looking for a VR headset you can play anywhere (and want something better than Gear VR), a high-end headset for the most immersive experience and motion controls on your gaming PC, or something in between, there are plenty of VR goggles to choose from. While the early days of VR gaming made us choose between the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Gear VR, more companies have entered the space. Valve stepped out on its own with the Index, Samsung created a Windows Mixed Reality headset with the Samsung HMD Odyssey+, and Sony has the PlayStation VR, which has proved fairly popular among PS4 players and is compatible PS5. Check out some of our top picks for 2022 below.

Editor's Note: Article updated on June 28, 2022

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