Take a look at the Best VR headsets under $25 before taking the jump in to the real VR World.
Having been a gamer for nearly 30 years, I can honestly tell you that there has never been anything so exiting or, pardon the pun, game changing as the introduction of mainstream VR. Playing games in front of a TV is amazing, we wouldn’t bother to do it otherwise, but VR takes the immersion that we love about games and ramps it up to previously unreachable heights. Want to feel like your being eaten by a spit dribbling T-rex?
VR has you covered. How about struggling up a vertigo inducing sheer cliff? Yes VR can do that to. If you have never used a VR headset its hard to describe how real, how tangible the in game world feel. You are surrounded, submerged by the game designers ideas to a point where your brain starts to do a funny thing: it forgets who you are, where you are.
However, with such great promise comes grand prices. With the Oculus Rift retailing for $600 dollars and HTC Vive even more, VR gaming is not exactly an entry level pursuit. Not only that, but a VR headset needs a hugely powerful computer to provide the graphics.
Something a run of the mill gaming PC just can’t do as VR essentially needs the computer to create two high definition screens worth of pixels. With all the hardware, you could be looking at upwards of $1500. And that will just scrape the minimum specs!
Furthermore, price isn’t the only problem as a VR headset has the unfortunate, and messy, side effect of creating a feeling of nausea in many users. Likened to being poisoned, many people, within minutes of donning a headset, will start to have headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and other feelings of discomfort.
Nevertheless, VR provides such a good experience it is worth experimenting before either giving up on the tech or taking such a massive financial plunge. Instead, you should make use of the plethora of cheap VR headsets that use your smartphone to provide a taster experience.
You can, for only $25, get an idea of what VR is all about and avoid the disappointing situation of spending a ‘grand’ on technology that makes you want to hurl!
So read on to find are selection of the best VR headsets for under $25 that will give you the confidants to buy the real VR deal in the future.
The Fannego is a dream come true for gamers looking for a VR fix on the cheap. With this headset strapped on to your face, you can enjoy games, 360 degree YouTube videos and watch films, yes even ‘those’ types of films, in virtual cinemas.
The Fannego is designed to be as lightweight as possible and uses durable plastic for protection of the phone and to save weight. Ergonomics are also important and the Fannego comes complete with foam padding around the headset to give a comfort fit on face. The headset comes with a pair of high grade optical resin lenses which are designed to slow the onset of fatigue and uniquely, this headset uses a blue filter to remove ‘damaging’ blue light emitted from the phone. But then, if all you do is play games like me, blue light is going to be the least of your problems.
The headset can hold a 4 to 6.5 inch phone, though a bulky case may not fit. The phone is then held in place behind the front panel with extending foam covered arms. Great, because nobody wants to stand there holding the phone for you while you enjoy a great VR experience!
The headset provides personalisation for the user in the form of pupil and focus adjustment which is ideal for glasses and non glasses wearers alike.
The Fannego is a great and affordable introduction to VR that gives plenty of customisation options to its user.
AmiCool have really upped the cheap VR headset Stakes with the introduction of this entry level hardware. The headset will let you experience worlds you never dreamed of, explore caverns full of dinosaurs or feel the speed on roller-coaster simulators. With the AmiCool, there is a VR experience for everyone.
The AmiCool was designed with one thing in mind: to be feather light. It uses Black premium plastic to save weight. And, Equally important is the ergonomics of the headset and the AmiCool does not disappoint. Sporting premium leather head straps and padding to the back of the heads-up-display you will be playing for hours before you have to take this headset off.
And for the best view possible, the headset comes with a pair of high grade optical resin lenses. These lenses, as with the Fannego, are designed to counter the effects of fatigue and nausea. Which is great because once you get started with VR, you’re not gon’a want to stop.
The headset was made to hold a wide variety of phones, with anything from a small 4 inch dumpy to to 6.0 inch giant being catered for. Yes, I class 6 inches as giant people!
The headset can be customised for the user with Dials that alter the Pupil distance and focal length, However, focal length can only be changed a little bit so the headset is not really suited for glasses wearers.
In conclusion, we have a great headset here that feels more premium than the Fannego but conversely, lacks the ability to take larger, Samsung Note like phones.
If you are looking for something that is just a small step above a bear-bones Google cardboard, then EightOnes VR is the choice for you. Originally designed by Google, the Cardboard VR is cheap and ready to open up the world of VR to everybody, so start saving your pennies!
Unlike all the other Headsets in this list, you have to get your hands dirty and build this one yourself. So if you don’t like a bit of DIY then I’m going to save you the hassle right now. Skip this one and go to the next headset. But if like me you like to get your nerdy hands stuck in, then your in the right place. This headset is super lightweight, I mean its made out of cardboard, cardboard people! It is minimalistic to say the least as its basically a phone and lens holder with a few straps to save you holding the thing to your face. But guess what: It actually work really well.
Amazingly, for a bit of folded cardboard, the EightOne can hold a purity large phone, all the way up to 6.5 inches. Though don’t be surprised if thing start sliding off your face as the head-strap is just a small step up from an elastic band.
When it comes to personalisation, it could be said that the EightyOne is the most customisable of all. As its made from cardboard you can take a scalpel to it here, or stick something on it there. Again its great for the DIY lover in you. But not so great if you want something to work out of the box.
So a very cheap headset, which you have to build yourself, that surprisingly provides a rather amazing experience given the price point.
Do you wear spectacles and worry that a VR headset wont fit? Then you need a headset that will adjust itself for your needs. At the $25 entry level price, not many headset will have adjustments that cater for glasses wearers. But for $25 this headset is the ‘cream of the crop,’ the ‘King of the hill’ the… you get the idea.
Though a little bit bulkier than the other headset on this list, the Cudevs is, for $25, as premium as it comes. Made from ABS plastic it can withstand anything you throw at it, it will come out in one piece if you decide to fall flat on your face while wearing it. This thing is tough! And to make your VR experience even better, the Cudev comes with extra large 42mm Spherical lenses for increased Awesomeness.
The headset, being quite large, can take a phone 4 to 6 inches in size with ease. However, try to fit anything bigger inside and the headset protests with very little extra space available behind the cover. And, uniquely for the headset, it comes with a remote control. Great stuff because, you know, you cant touch the phone screen when it’s inside the headset.
And, with premium being its middle name, the Cudev headset comes with a comprehensive pupil and focal adjustment system for people with glasses.
A great headset that really stands ahead of the competition, you really can’t go wrong with the Cudev VR headset.
Aukey VR headset was designed specifically for use with smaller smartphones. And, for the style conscious out there, it makes you look like Cylon from Battlestar Galactica. How cool is that!
Like the others on this list, the Aukey is lit and ergonomic. But, the similarity ends there. This headset was built for 2 things: The first is portability. It only holds smallish phone so it will fit in a bag. And the Second; it is designed to look cool. Or as cool as your ever going to look wearing a big peace of plastic on your face. Yes, with a red stripe running along the front, people will have a hard time telling the difference between you, a geek wearing a headset, and a Cylon battle droid.
Due to it’s portability, Customisation is not the Aukeys strong point. With very basic pupil adjustments the Aukey is not the ideal solution for the glasses wearer out there.
In conclusion, a great headset for smaller phone owners that is lightweight and small enough to fit in a bag and makes you look like a bad-ass robot. Nuff said.