Should I buy a VR headset now?


VR headsets became available a few years ago, but they still haven’t “taken off” in the conventional sense. According to experts, the technology remains peripheral and largely inaccessible due to the prices. This isn’t to say it shouldn’t be given a chance though! Anyone who has ever tried a PlayStation VR or an Oculus headset will tell you the experience was mind-blowing.

Should you take a chance and find out what all the fuss is about?

VR sales are steady, which means that developers will keep creating games for major platforms. This trend will continue in the year to come. Forecasts suggest that the market will increase by 50% a year over the next few years thanks to a great choice of products, steadily decreasing prices, and consistently solid sales of Gear VR and other smartphone headsets.

Which headsets are the best?

HTC’s headsets cost more than Oculus ones per item, but Oculus is a bit ahead of the HTC Vive in sales, so things balance out. Growth across the market is driven mainly by mobile VR sales. VR games have yet to enter the mainstream and still have the look and feel of novelty experiences. Skyrim and Fallout VR are remarkable experiences, but they’re not customized for VR.

Still, the market is not lacking interesting developments. This year Oculus announced an open-world adventure called Stormland akin to Zelda, while Software (Dark Souls) revealed an intriguing VR-only adventure game. These games appear immersed in VR, and what’s more, you’d want to play them even if they weren’t.

On both major and smartphone platforms, VR games remain somewhat of a novelty experience. The difference? The Oculus Rift clocks in at $400 a piece, and the HTC Vive – a whopping $500, while mobile VR headsets cost $70 on average. Our bottom line? The games aren’t worth the money, but the technology is. Just let your budget decide.