Looking for a VR Premium VR headset that wont empty your wallet? Look no more my friend as our handy guide to the Best VR headsets under $100 has got you covered!
I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the gaming industry for nearly 8 years, and in all that time, I have never seen anything that has generated such interest, such pure excitement as VR. For the first time, we can go beyond the TV and break down the traditional walls of games.
We can talk about the immersion of games such as Uncharted or Call of Duty, but your not really there, you don’t feel part of the experience, its a kind of a ‘sudo’ immersion. Your just sat there, controller in hand, popping your enemies’ heads off! But, VR changes all of that.
It thrusts you in, bullets flying past your ears, jumps and falls that make you reach out, desperately trying cling on to anything your hands can reach. You will stare up buildings that look a mile high. And extend a finger to tickle a solitary leaf that’s no more tangible than the air we breath.
You lose yourself in VR. You are the game, the character and the world. This is a technology that makes the unreal feel real.
However, being such a young technology, this digital revolution is not going to come cheap. To experience VR at its very best you are looking at spending sums of money that would buy you a very small house! So not exactly a cheap hobby then. If you want in on this VR world, you are going to have to dig deep into your pockets… Very deep.
But, what if I told you that, for a fraction of the cost of this hypothetical, very small house, you can have a premium VR experience right now. A VR experience that has no wires, no bulky PCs, and most importantly, no debt collectors at your front door.
Interested? Well, for under $100 there are fantastic VR headsets to be had that will make the $25 headsets look like old, tattered paper 3d glasses.
So read on to find are top picks for the best VR headsets under $100 that will give you a great experience without breaking the bank.
So, first up we have the Bnext headset and immediately you get a feeling of quality that was no present in the $25 headset. We have definitely entered the big league. You now getting a Premium headset that will enhance your VR experience in every way. So, lets take a look at the key difference between the Bnext and its competition.
The stand out characteristic that sets the Bnext apart has to be the advanced resin lenses that are housed inside its blue and red body. These optical wonders not only offer up a crystal clear image, but include proprietary technology that has not been seen in other headsets up-to this point.
The lenses have a unique, state of the art build method, the Bnext manages to somehow include a blue light filter to decrease fatigue while increasing the all important viewing angle. Additionally, these Resin lens have key customisation options including Focal and pupil distance adjustment. Key for all users both glasses and non glasses wearers alike.
So there you have it, if you want, at a reasonable price, some of the most advanced optics in gaming strapped to your eyeballs, the Bnext is going to be the headset for you.
The Canbor VR is another premium headset that looks to offer a unique feature set for a little bit more of your money. Boasting Increased options and user tweak-ability its could be the headset to propel you into the VR stratosphere.
Though the Canbor boasts all the premium features you would expect of a headset for this price, there is one stand out feature that grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let it go. You see, the first thing that strikes you about the Canbor apart from its undoubted luxurious feel, is its almost human need to impress and caress you. And it does this all in a very impressive, very echo friendly,’ we use recycled plastic way,’ way.
But, in a completely contrary, anti eco earth move, they even went out, killed a cow, and strapped its leather hide to the headset for your optimal, face hugging pleasure.. No doubt, green peace, in all their tree hugging wisdom, will be very pleased by this use of our bovine friends.
If you want extremely high build quality that marries extreme comfort that only a cow can offer, the Canbor is the headset for you.
The Samsung Gear VR headset is probably one of the best headsets out side of the big 3 of Vive Oculus and PSVR. So lets take a look at one of the key design points that makes this sub $100 headset punch above its weight.
So what makes this headset stand out from the crowd. Well, it simply has to be the lenses that are housed inside its tiny black and white body. The Gear VR, inexplicably for this price point, has 2 Oculus rift lenses. Not some shoddy knock off that is going to give you a bad case of sea sickness.
These are the real deal. For less than $100 you can have lenses that come strait from a headset that costs more than 5 times that amount! I don’t know how Samsung did this, but, I suspect that a Korean version of a ninja may have been sent to Oculus Towers, knife in hand, to do some aggressive negotiating. And it paid off.
Ether way, the Samsung scores one of the biggest goals in cheap VR with the inclusion of Oculus specks and you would, quit simply, be mad to miss out on a pair. But hang on… Hasn’t Samsung just brought out a brand new Gear VR headset?
Indeed, yes they have and the Korean Giant has hit the ball right out of the park with this one. I mean way out. What could they have possibly improved to beat out the already impressive Gear VR version 1?
Having already housed the best optics in the game, I find it hard to figure out exactly how Samsung could have made the Gear VR any better. Because, come on, it’s sub $100 perfection. Yet, this new Gear VR Proves that the original was not perfection at all. It was a mere illusion, created by Samsung so the could swoop in and show us an even more mesmerising VR experience.
For you see, the first, though impressive for the time, only had a 90 degree viewing angle. This new VR experience has an industry leading, wait for it, 110 degree viewing angle. I mean come on, that’s the same as the $550 Oculus and only 5 degrees less than the $750 HTC Vive.
How did they do this? What alien race have they bribed to get this technology? We may never know, but what I do know is this: It is the most advanced headset you can get for $100 or less and it almost, almost makes you think what would be the point in getting an Oculus, a HTC or anything else for that matter.
This headset is class leading and if you want the best experience outside of the super expensive VR titans, then this is it.
So how do you compete with a headset such as the perfect technological miracle that is the Gear VR? Simple answer, you make your headset completely indestructible… and you paint it purple.
VR is cool. I want to play, you want to play, your Gran wants to play, but, most of all, loads of kids want to play. You don’t want a load of kids touching up your shiny new Samsung Gear VR do you. You don’t want their sticky, chocolate covered, dirt ridden fingers all over your lens right? Of course you don’t! And that’s where the Merge VR comes into play.
This headset, apart from being made in a bright purple colour to attract the adolescent, is essentially indestructible. The Merge is made from material that, as far as I can tell, breaks all the known laws of physics. You can throw it at a wall, it wont break.
You can get 2 kids to pull it apart, it will stretch then bounce back. These headsets are so unbreakable I am genuinely surprised NASA hasn’t bought a load of them to use as heat shielding on there rockets!
So if your lucky, or unlucky, enough to have a load of kids in your life, the Merge VR is the headset to keep them busy so you can rest worry free knowing that no-matter what they do, they wont go and break the thing.