2021 VR Headset Choices for VR Labs

July 12, 2021

Our VR solutions architects recently have been gaining hands-on experience with new VR headsets, as they integrate them in full VR solutions for a number of academic researchers and other professionals.

Read about what we’ve noticed and why we feel certain VR headsets are strongest for specific use cases with eye tracking. We’re also giving you a full list of 2021 VR headsets with all major features.


The Data Collection Wizard - HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition

The new HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition offers researchers the widest variety of built-in tools for data collection. With eye tracking from Tobii, a heart rate sensor and a facial tracking sensor the Omnicept is positioned to be a leader in the field for VR research hardware at a consumer price level. The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept is also a good headset to consider if you want an easy setup, as the inside out tracking requires no having to set up external cameras. We have seen this headset be useful for when mobility and ease of setup is beneficial. For this reason we provide this headset with our portable VizBox solution for remote deployment. 


The Steady Workhorse - Vive Pro Eye

The Vive Pro Eye has been a steady workhorse for VR research over the last couple of years, being the first headset to provide eye tracking at a consumer price level. The SRAnipal calibration software runs on top of a Tobii based eye tracker. You can also add an additional face tracking module. Our customers prefer to use this headset for a cost effective eye tracking solution that provides robust performance. 


The Field-of-View Star - StarVR One

The StarVR One provides a very wide field of view at 210 degrees and also comes with embedded eye tracking. For positional tracking the StarVR One uses the lighthouse tracking system and Vive Controllers for hand tracking. This is a good headset to choose when a user wants to benefit from a field of view that more closely matches that of human vision. 


Full 2021 List of VR Headsets 

Oculus Quest 2

Features: 

Overview

-Mobile or connected to PC (tethered or Oculus Airlink)

-Built in hand tracking or controllers

Price: Starting at $299

Resolution (combined): 3664x1920 (Nearly 4K)

Pixels Per Degree: 20.58

FOV: 89 degrees

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

Positional Tracking: Inside Out

Weight: 503 g

Release Date: 2020-10-13


StarVR One

Features: 

Overview

-Wide field of view

-High Resolution 

Built in Tobii Eye Tracking

Automatic IPD

Price: $3,200

Resolution (combined): 5K 

Pixels Per Degree: 12

FOV: 210 degrees

Screen Type: AMOLED

Refresh Rate: 90 Hz

Positional Tracking: Camera Based (uses Vive Lighthouse) 

Weight: 450 g

Release Date: 2018-8-14




HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition

Features: 

Overview

-Built in Tobii Eye tracking

-Face Tracking

-Heart Rate Sensor

-High Resolution

Price: $1,249

Resolution (combined): 4320x2160 (4K)

Pixels Per Degree: 18.95

FOV: 114 degrees

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 90Hz

Positional Tracking: Inside Out 

Weight: 499 grams

Release Date: 2021-5-01


Vive Cosmos

Features: 

Overview

-Inside out tracked Vive headset with swappable faceplates and improved resolution

Price: $699

Resolution (combined): 2880x1700

Pixels Per Degree: 13.09FOV: 110

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 90 Hz

Positional Tracking: Inside Out

Weight: 702 g

Release Date: 2019-10-03





Vive Pro 2

Features: 

Overview

-Latest update to Vive’s flagship headset with improved visuals, refresh rate and field of view

Price: $800

Resolution (combined): 4896x2448 (5K)

Pixels Per Degree: 20.4

FOV: 120

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 90Hz/ 120 Hz

Positional Tracking: Camera Based/ Lighthouse

Weight: 850 grams

Release Date: 2021-06-04


Vive Focus 3

Features: 

Overview

-Mobile, all-in-one Vive headset

-Built in fans and cooling to improve performance

-High resolution

Price: $1,300

Resolution (combined): 4896x2448

Pixels Per Degree: 20.4

FOV: 120

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 90 Hz

Positional Tracking: Inside out

Weight: 695 g

Release Date: 2021-6-27


Vive Pro Eye

Features: 

Overview

-Eye Tracking

-High Resolution

Price: $799

Resolution (combined): 2880x1600

Pixels Per Degree: 13.09

FOV: 110

Screen Type: AMOLED

Refresh Rate: 90 Hz

Positional Tracking: Camera based/ Lighthouse

Weight: 550 g

Release Date: 2019-6-6


Valve Index

Features: 

Overview

-Improved refresh rate and resolution Steam headset

-Valve Knuckles hand tracking

Price: $999 Full System, $499 Headset only 

Resolution (combined): 2880x1600

Pixels Per Degree: 11.07

FOV: 130

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 144 Hz

Positional Tracking: Camera based/Lighthouse tracking 

Weight: 809 g

Release Date: 2019-05-01




VRGineers XTAL

Features: 

Overview

-Ultra wide field of view

-Built in eye tracking

-Automatic IPD setting

-Built in UltraLEAP hand tracking

-High Resolution

-Voice Commands

Price: $5,800

Resolution (combined): 7680 x 2160 (8K)

Pixels Per Degree: 21.4

FOV: 180

Screen Type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 70 Hz[

Positional Tracking: Camera based/ Lighthouse/Optitrack/ART

Weight: 770 g

Release Date: 2018-12-11




Pico Neo 3 Pro Eye

Features: 

Overview

-Mobile/all-in-one headset with built in eye tracking from Tobii

-Stream wirelessly to a PC with a SteamVR integration

Price: $899

Resolution (combined): 3664 x 1920 (4K)

Pixels Per Degree:18.70 

FOV: 98

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 90 Hz

Positional Tracking: Inside Out

Weight: 395 g

Release Date: Q3 2021



Varjo VR-3

Features: 

Overview

-Human eye resolution ( over 70 pixels per degree) in the center field of view

-Build in eye tracking

-Built in UltraLEAP hand tracking

-Automatic IPD

Price: $3,195

Resolution (combined): 5760 x 2720

Pixels Per Degree: >70 in center

FOV: 115

Screen Type: uOLED/LCD

Refresh Rate: 90 Hz

Positional Tracking: Camera Based/ Lighthouse tracking/ 3rd party tracking options

Weight: 558 g

Release Date:2020-12-1



Pimax Vision 8K X

Features: 

Overview

-Wide field of view

-High Resolution

Price: $1,299

Resolution (combined): 7680x2160 (8K)

Pixels Per Degree: 19.2

FOV: 200

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 75/120 Hz

Positional Tracking: Lighthouse (Camera based) 

Weight: 472 g

Release Date: 2019-12-18

 

Samsung Odyssey +

Features: 

Overview

-Samsung’s flagship Windows Mixed Reality headset

-Price: $500

Resolution (combined): 2880x1600

Pixels Per Degree:13.09 

FOV: 110

Screen Type: AMOLED

Refresh Rate: 90Hz

Positional Tracking: Inside Out

Weight: 590 g

Release Date: 2018-10-22




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