The best VR headsets provide a level of immersion in games and other experiences that you just can’t get anywhere else. Virtual reality gaming has come a long way in the past few years, and you no longer need to be connected to a powerful PC to enjoy an immersive experience. Headset prices have also fallen over the years, including recent price cuts to the two best VR headsets. 2023 has already been an exciting year for the VR space with the launch of PSVR 2, which is a big step forward for console VR. Still, a familiar name tops our list of the best VR headsets: the Meta Quest 2 (formerly known as the Oculus Quest 2). For those who want to get into the virtual reality space for the first time, Quest 2 is definitely the best option. However, this is not the case only a good option, especially if you have a high-end gaming PC or PS5. We’ve rounded up the best VR headsets in 2023.

Finding the best VR headset for you

The first thing to know before buying a VR headset is that some VR games are exclusive to certain headsets. The Meta and both PlayStation headsets have their own storefronts that offer unique games not available on HTC, Valve and other companies’ headsets. Of course, you can still get an impressive experience from the Valve Index line of headsets or the HTC Vive, especially given Steam’s large library of VR games. Each VR headset has its own advantages and unique qualities, such as high resolution, AMOLED displays and built-in speakers.

Meta Quest 2 is a powerful mobile VR headset that gives you a great experience without connecting to a computer—no sensors required (although you can if you want). Valve Index requires you to connect to a PC and use sensors, but it also provides the most powerful virtual reality experience to date. And of course, there’s the PSVR 2, which has the benefit of compatibility with Sony’s first line of VR games. Keep in mind that the original PSVR has its own game library separate from the PSVR 2. You cannot play the original PSVR games on the PSVR 2 unless the developer releases an updated version. Each headset has its own unique features and benefits, so you’ll need to decide which one is best for you based on your price range.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on March 15, 2023

The best VR headsets of 2023

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