|Oculus Quest||Buy on Amazon|
|PlayStation VR ||Buy on Amazon|
|Oculus Rift S||Buy on Amazon|
|HTC VIVE Cosmos||Buy on Amazon|
|Oculus Go||Buy on Amazon|
|Samsung HMD Odyssey||Buy on Amazon|
|Valve Index VR||Buy on Amazon|
A lot of people are unboxing their wireless virtual reality headsets this week. And the first game they’re heading for is Beat Saber, the VR rhythm game where you slice red or blue cubes with beat saber as they come at you to the beat of the music.
Beat Saber from Beat Games has sold more than a million units across the existing VR platforms, including the PlayStation VR, Steam VR (HTC Vive), and the Oculus Rift. Just know that VR is still here, but the VR experience is evolving. Augmented reality, or AR, and mixed-reality headsets aren’t really ready yet, so in the meantime, a solid VR goggle and rig is your best bet for escaping to other worlds.
Best VR Headset for Beat Saber in 2021
The Quest is Oculus’s fourth consumer VR headset. Like last year’s Oculus Go, it’s got a standalone design, which means it doesn’t connect to a phone or PC. But where the Oculus Go is meant for stationary TV or movie viewing, the Quest is a gaming device. It includes dual hand controllers instead of a single remote, and it’s studded with four wide-angle tracking cameras, which let users walk around a fairly large space. It will also support some of the Rift’s most popular experiences, including the rhythm game Beat Saber, the rock-climbing title The Climb, and shooter Robo Recall.
PlayStation VR – Mega Blood
I really like using the PSVR, but I don’t know if I’m still in the honeymoon phase. It really depends if more compelling software continues to churn out. As much I enjoy jacking into that false reality, I still find it more relaxing and enjoyable to play a standard video game. It’s not that I get motion sick, dizzy or anything like that — it’s that VR is a bombardment of the senses, a lot for your body and mind to deal with. We’ll probably get to the point where full VR is just a pair of lightweight eyeglasses, but until that happens I find it best enjoyed in small doses.
Oculus Rift S
Designed specifically for the Beat Saber game of the Oculus platform, it allows the player to become more familiar with and exploit the game in the best conditions. The Oculus Rift S improves on the previous Rift headset with a sharper screen and a camera array that doesn’t require external sensors. The Oculus game store is filled with games and experiences of all types, and the Rift S is also compatible with HTC’s online Viveport store, and even Steam. There are thousands of VR games to choose from, and they’re nowhere near as hit-and-miss as they used to be.
HTC Vive Cosmos
After over three years on the market, HTC Vive is finally ready to retire its original VR headset, the HTC Vive, and replace it with a new model. In many ways, the HTC Vive Cosmos is a big leap forward from the original headset. But in other ways, it feels like a step in the wrong direction.
The fast and frenetic Beat Saber played pretty well on the Vive Cosmos Elite, with pixel-perfect motion tracking that we didn’t see on the base version of the Cosmos. The HTC Vive Cosmos is a great VR headset, but it’s held back by poor controller ergonomics. Still, with a comfortable fit and the elimination of base stations, it’s a solid replacement for the original HTC Vive. All things considered, the Vive Cosmos is a good headset and worthy of your consideration if you’re in the market for a new VR device. But it likely won’t check all the boxes for you.
The Oculus Go is actually a step-back device, in a sense: it lacks cameras and can’t track a whole room, or even part of one. It’s stationary, look-around VR vs. dive-in-and-grab-things VR, and the included single remote, while functional, is nowhere near as good as what PC and game console VR controllers offer.
Beat Saber on Oculus Go can be a good bit of fun. As long as you don’t go into this experiment expecting an experience on par with a true PC-based system, you’ll do alright.
Oculus Go marks a new era for VR, one in which anyone can simply slip on a headset and dive into virtual realms. Though not perfect, it offers a comfortable fit, solid build, excellent visuals, and the promise of more great content to come. For the price, Oculus Go gives it’s tethered older brother Oculus Rift a run for its money.
Samsung HMD Odyssey
The Samsung Odyssey is the best Windows Mixed Reality headset we’ve seen so far, and we’re confident it is the best option for this generation. It does carry a price premium over the competing Windows MR headsets, but we think the quality of the components justifies the price. And the integrated headphones and microphone help offset the cost difference.
Samsung HMD Odyssey offers an eye-popping joyride into the world of virtual reality as seen through Windows 10, and while its cost falls just this side of “maybe I shouldn’t,” the built-in audio completes the system in a way the other Windows MR devices don’t.
Valve Index VR
The Valve Index sets a new high bar for VR quality, but this is purely for the hobbyists and most intrepid virtual explorers. While Facebook is moving the needle with affordability and accessibility, Valve is pushing VR forward by upping the fidelity. However, we still think it costs far too much.
it seems that one of those assumptions was actually too low for the speed of some high-level Beat Saber players, and Valve has now adjusted the code accordingly.
The Index isn’t necessarily the best VR headset for beat saber— at least, not for everybody. Unless the price drops in the future, it’s a product for people who play VR games very heavily, use headsets for professional work, or have a very large disposable income. But within those limitations, it delivers high-quality virtual reality with very few compromises.
While many VR headsets get by just fine without this functionality – and you’re still able to play Beat Saber without it – the update showcases the kinds of expanded VR experiences becoming possible as enhanced tracking technology becomes more widely available.
Beat Saber is the closest thing to a killer app for VR that I’ve seen yet. Games have been making me feel empowered and engaged my entire life. But this one didn’t just make me feel powerful. It made it feel powerful to move. Beat Saber is a multi-platform title and can be accessed through PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.