VR (Virtual Reality) is a technology that is used to simulate real-world visuals. It has been in use in places like flight schools, health care, real estate and education for a long time. But it wasn’t until 2012 that we started seeing the first VR headsets emerging in the market.
Fast forward to 2021; there are tons of different brands that manufacture VR headsets. Starting from as little as ₹300, the headsets can go all the way up to ₹2,00,000. So which ones are the best for you? This is the question that we are going to answer in this article.
But before that, let us understand the three different types of VR headsets that are available today:
- PC/Console VR headsets: These VR headsets connect to your Gaming PC or Console and let you play games using their processing power. You do not need anything except your Gaming PC and the VR headset to get going. PC/Console VR headsets cost a ton but offer the ultimate VR experience.
- Standalone VR headsets: Standalone VR is the rage these days. These headsets are portable, and they require neither a PC nor a smartphone to work. They have an inbuilt processor which can let you run games on the device.
- Smartphone VR headsets: You have to put your smartphone in the Smartphone VR headsets to get them to work. These are the entry-level VR headsets inspired by the Google Cardboard which are aimed at first-time VR users who just want to experience the technology. The content for Smartphone VR headsets is limited.
Things like the build quality, optics, controller, compatibility with platforms, weight and budget should be carefully considered when purchasing a VR headset. It is also worth noting what accessories you get with the headset.
- If you own a mid-range or high-end gaming laptop, you should get a PC VR headset without any doubt.
- If you have a high budget, but you don’t own a powerful PC, you can get yourself a standalone VR headset. It does not depend on a PC, gaming console or gaming smartphone to work.
- For those of you who just want to experience VR and want to watch 360° videos on a tight budget, getting a smartphone VR is the best idea.
Now that we demonstrated who should buy what, let’s get to the list!
- Best VR Headsets in India (2021)
- 1. Best Overall VR System: Oculus Rift S
- 2. Best Runner Up: HTC Vive Cosmos Elite
- 3. Best for PS4: Sony PlayStation VR
- 4. Best for Compatibility: Oculus Quest 2
- 5. Best with Inbuilt Headphones: Ocular Grand
- 6. Best for Samsung Devices: Samsung Gear VR
- 7. Best Under ₹2000: Irusu Play Premium
- 8. Best Budget VR Headset: Procus Pro
- 9. Best from Google: Google Daydream View 2
- 10. Best Entry Level VR: Irusu Monster
- 11. Cheapest Option: Procus One
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best VR Headsets in India (2021)
Even after years of release, VR headsets didn’t manage to penetrate the Indian markets. Both the people and companies have been slow in adopting this technology. Google has recently discontinued the Daydream VR project, which is a major setback for the industry.
But it will be incorrect to assume that the technology is dead. In fact, it is far from being dead. There are companies like Oculus (owned by Facebook) that are still actively working on the development of new VR headsets.
Let us now check out the top VR headsets available in India.
1. Best Overall VR System: Oculus Rift S
Oculus (Now owned by Facebook) was the first company to bring the concept of VR to the market. What started initially as a Kickstarter project, the proof of concept of the VR headset raised a significant amount of money in a short period. Facebook purchased the company in 2014, and till date, The company still remains one of the largest players in the VR industry.
The Oculus Rift S is a device that feels well built. The experience of wearing the controller in hand is good. The controls are intuitive, and you will not need a lot of time to get used to the controls of this device.
The device weighs under 500 grams which is well within the acceptable limits for a VR headset as strong as this one. You would rarely feel any discomfort wearing the headset even after a long period of use.
The Oculus Rift S comes with a single display with a resolution of 2560×1440 which is a marginal improvement over its predecessor. To use this VR headset, you need a modest PC with at least an Intel Core i3 6th generation / AMD Ryzen 3 1200 processor, Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX470 and a minimum 8GB of RAM.
The flagship offering from the Facebook owned brand comes with a technology which they prefer to call as the touch controls. The controllers are capable of tracking the motion accurately. It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that the controllers bundled with this device are among the best controllers that you will find on a VR headset.
If you are looking for a VR headset that can let you experience VR and you are okay with the 80 Hz display that it comes with, then this can be a good option. If you are purchasing this device from India, you will not be able to make warranty-related claims. That is definitely something that you should be concerned about.
- Six free to play games
- Intuitive controller
- Feels like a premium product
- No warranty for Indian consumers
- Not a true upgrade from the original Oculus Rift
2. Best Runner Up: HTC Vive Cosmos Elite
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is another PC connected VR headset which is a direct successor to the HTC Vive Cosmos. It is a modular Head Mounted Display (HMD) which includes an additional “Motion faceplate” which the company claims to improve motion tracking.
It comes with a flip-up visor which lets you switch seamlessly between your monitor and the VR headset. The VR headset has a matte blue-black colour scheme which looks beautiful.
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite has a crisp display. It has a resolution of 1440 x 1700. The 90 Hz refresh rate on the VR headset makes the games feel buttery smooth. The device feels slightly heavy at 702 grams. The flagship HTC VR device is a very demanding piece of tech and works best if at least Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, Nvidia Geforce GTX970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 and 8GB of RAM is available on your system.
Apart from the two controllers, the Cosmos Elite comes with at least a dozen different accessories. The controllers require a base station to work. The retail box includes some standard accessories like power adapters, display cables and USB cables which are required for using the device.
The flagship boasts of some features that are not present on most of the present-day VR headsets. If you are okay with managing the plethora of accessories and your budget permits, this is the best VR headset that money can buy you right now.
- Accurate motion sensing and tracking
- Buttery smooth 90Hz display
- A good collection of games
- Extremely overpriced
- Controllers are mediocre
- Slightly heavy
3. Best for PS4: Sony PlayStation VR
The Sony PlayStation VR has been around for quite some time now. The PlayStation VR is an affordable alternative to the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite and the Oculus Rift S. It looks like a prop from a Sci-Fi movie and feels like a well-built product. This is a device which lies between putting your phone in a cardboard box and spending a lac rupees on full-fledged PC VR gaming.
You can use the PlayStation 4 dual shock controller with the headset, but you have to purchase the PlayStation move controller for a complete VR experience. The controller itself is not bad but falls pale compared to its competitors, but again, that’s just a different way of implementing the controller which sony has decided to go with, and it largely depends on personal preference to like it or hate it.
The PlayStation VR comes with a 90-120Hz display with a resolution of 960 x 1080 per eye. Though the resolution is less than its PC VR counterparts, Sony has done a good job optimising the device, and all the on-screen text is readable. The FOV and motion tracing on this device, though, leaves a lot to be desired.
With the retail box of the VR headset, you get a processing unit, Sony earbuds, charging cable, display adapter and cables. You have to spend extra cash on the controller. If you purchase the starter kit, you will get a VR camera in the box. The controller is so horrible on this one; it hasn’t been updated since the PlayStation 3 days.
If you are a console gamer and have a PlayStation 4 at your home, you can go ahead and get the PlayStation VR. It is tough to recommend the Sony Playstation VR ecosystem for someone who is into PC gaming because there are some better options, but they cost a bit more.
- The best library of games
- Compatible with the PlayStation 5
- The only VR headset compatible with a gaming console
- Controllers not included
- Inaccurate motion tracking
- Old device; may get a newer model soon
4. Best for Compatibility: Oculus Quest 2
The Quest 2 is the latest headset from Oculuswhich is an upgrade to last year’s Oculus Quest. It is an all in one headset that does not require a PC to work on. When the Quest series was first launched, there weren’t many games available on the official games store, but at the time of writing this review, things have changed in a good way.
If you have seen the original Quest VR headset, the first thing that you will notice when holding its successor is the shift from all black to the black and white body, which is refreshing. Ergonomically speaking, the controllers are completely redesigned and feel better than ever. Though the soft strap provided in the box is good, you can purchase the elite strap which comes as a separately sold accessory.
The weight distribution on this one is even and doesn’t feel inconvenient to wear. The 90 Hz display with a resolution of 1832 × 1920 (per eye) is gorgeous. The lenses on the VR headset are adjustable, and the overall VR experience is really amazing.
You get a pair of controllers, a strap and a charging cable with the retail box. The controllers feature accurate motion tracking. You can purchase other accessories like a carrying case, and the must-have oculus link cable separately.
The best feature of Oculus Quest 2 is the Oculus Link. It lets you connect to a PC and play VR games designed for a PC on your VR headset once you purchase the Oculus link cable. The Oculus Quest 2 is the best performing all in one VR headset which comes with attractive pricing.
- All in one VR
- Perfectly priced
- Powerful hardware
- Requires Facebook sign in
- The battery needs to be recharged after every 2-3 hours
5. Best with Inbuilt Headphones: Ocular Grand
The Ocular Grand is a Google Cardboard VR headset which comes with some nice features. The device is an average performer and offers decent performance for the price it comes at. It has all the standard features that are found on all the budget VR headsets.
The device comes in a white body with a black front panel which looks good. The quality of the plastic used in making this product seems average. The container size is big enough to hold any smartphone with up to 6.5-inch screen. Head strap is available here which is nice to have.
Thanks to the head strap, the device doesn’t feel uncomfortable. The VR headset isn’t exactly lightweight, but the weight is distributed nicely. The viewing experience is a place where this device shines. The optics on this device are good, and it offers an immersive VR experience.
You have to use the buttons provided on the device to control your phone. The Ocular Grand does not come with a controller. The inbuilt headphones are pretty good, but it’s 2021, and everyone already owns a pair of decent headphones, so that isn’t much of a big deal. Providing inbuilt headphones instead of a controller isn’t a smart move.
The Grand VR is another budget VR headset which makes a lot of compromises in order to keep the product price low. It is an old VR headset which is sold for under ₹3000. You can find better VR headsets in this price range. Not providing a controller with the device is a deal-breaker.
- Comfortable to wear
- Optics are better than a lot of budget VR headsets
- Immersive VR experience
- No controller
- Average build quality and design
6. Best for Samsung Devices: Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR with controller is a rather old standalone VR headset which uses a Samsung Galaxy flagship device as a display. The device is compatible with older Samsung Galaxy S series devices (like the Samsung Galaxy S8).
The mobile VR headset is jointly developed by Oculus and Samsung for users of Samsung flagship devices. The device feels pretty solid in hand and gives out a premium vibe which doesn’t stay for too long after you start using it.
The device is not comfortable for long use because of the absence of headrest. It is surprising that Samsung has not provided a headrest on this headset because even the low-end VR devices come with one. Nevertheless, we have to let it go as it’s just Samsung being Samsung. The weight of the entire device is put on your nose, which starts to hurt after a while. The cushions are made of good quality material, but that’s just about it—nothing more to discuss here.
The controller has a gyroscope to track your movements. It has five buttons which let you interact with the virtual world and adjust the volume of the device. The controller is well designed and offers intuitive control. It comes with a Micro USB and USB Type C charging port. The controller is probably the only thing that doesn’t leave any scope for complaints. The Gear VR doesn’t come with headphones.
Just like almost every other Samsung device, the Gear VR is priced higher than what it’s worth. The product has been discontinued recently in 2021. It is tough to recommend a discontinued product to someone who is spending a good amount of money on getting a Samsung Gear VR headset because the price isn’t very low and this is definitely not a value for money product.
- Amazing Controller
- Supports a variety of Samsung flagships
- Limited VR content
- Discontinued product
- Slightly uncomfortable due to the missing headrest
7. Best Under ₹2000: Irusu Play Premium
Iruru’s entry-level VR offering is a well built budget-friendly VR headset based on Google Cardboard platform. The device is released in 2021 and has a fresh look. You will have to slide in your smartphone to get the device running. If you have a smartphone with a screen size up to 6.5 inches, you can use it with the Irusu Play Premium.
The Play Plus is made with high-quality plastic. The device feels comfortable to wear due to the presence of a head strap. The container size is adequate to fit most smartphones. To start using the device, you have to pair the Bluetooth controller with your smartphone and install the Google Cardboard app, and it’s ready to roll.
The VR headset itself is pretty comfortable to wear. The one thing that everybody loves about Irusu devices is the head strap. There aren’t many devices in this price segment which offer this level of comfort. You can watch all Google cardboard content on this headset.
The device comes with inbuilt headphones which aren’t extraordinary, but definitely good enough to get the work done. The Bluetooth controller on the device doesn’t feature motion sensing but has quite a few buttons and a joystick on it. The placement of buttons on the controller and the headset is perfect. It seems like the company has designed the product with a lot of care.
The Irusu Play Plus VR is a surprisingly good VR headset that has a lot of potential. The device is very similar to the Procus Pro (the next device on our list) in terms of looks and functionality, but since the Irusu headset is released in 2021, the design looks much fresher than the Procus Pro. Low cost VR headset like the Play Plus VR can be a perfect gift for kids.
- Good ergonomics
- Low cost
- Inbuilt headphones and controller are decent
- Remote doesn’t work with iOS
8. Best Budget VR Headset: Procus Pro
The next headset on the list comes from a lesser-known brand called Procus. Procus Pro VR uses your phone to provide you with the VR experience that you are looking for. Simply speaking, these devices provide you with nothing but a pair of lenses and an enclosure to keep your phones in.
The Procus Pro doesn’t come with a controller which is a bit of a letdown. There isn’t much to expect from the device which comes at this price anyway. There are three buttons available on the device which let you trigger some actions and adjust the volume, but when playing VR games, they are suitable for nothing.
The device is pretty comfortable to wear. The higher weight of the VR headset is due to the headphone that is inbuilt in it. There are two knobs available on the headset. One lets you adjust the distance between two lenses, and the other lets you change the distance between your eyes and the smartphone’s screen.
Since the device doesn’t come with any accessory, the VR experience on this device feels incomplete. The in-built headphones are mediocre and don’t offer good sound quality. The worst part is that you can not even replace these headphones. You will be stuck with the inbuilt headphones as long as you use this headset.
The device, in no way, provides an immersive VR experience. An old VR headset like Procus Pro can be purchased only if you want to get your hands on VR at a low cost. The device is based on Google cardboard platform, and there isn’t a lot of content available apart from some basic games and 360° YouTube videos.
- Good quality cushions
- Lets you experience VR at low cost
- Average sounding headphones
- No controller provided
9. Best from Google: Google Daydream View 2
Two years after the release of Google Cardboard, Google came up with the concept of Google Daydream View. Google cardboard was the first ‘affordable’ VR device. It was just a cardboard housing for your smartphone fitted with a pair of lenses. Using the onboard sensors, Google created a VR experience that everyone can get their hands on.
The Google Daydream View 2 is compatible with a variety of flagship smartphones released in 2016-18 like Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2. The strap is not tight, and its length can be adjusted. The housing on this headset is good enough to fit in a regular 6-inch smartphone. That hardly matters though because you wouldn’t be able to use a non Daydream certified phone with the device anyway.
The device is made with high-quality soft fabric. The controller provided with the device fits right in. At just 220 grams, it feels lightweight, and we would not have accepted it in any other way. The resolution of the screen depends on the smartphone that’s going in.
There isn’t much other provided in the box apart from the device and the controller. The controller provided in the box has two buttons for users to interact with the virtual environment. It has a volume rocker on the side. The controller somewhat resembles the pointer that people use during business presentations.
It’s a shame that Google discontinued the Daydream project in 2019, and there isn’t much content available for users to try out. This is the reason why this product is so down in our list. If you still want to experience VR, this is a decent choice for a first device. It’s 2021, and the overall experience with the Google Daydream View 2 is not good considering that there are many better options available in the market. Better stay away from this one.
- High comfort level
- Low cost of the product
- Support discontinued by Google
- Compatible with old flagship devices which are rare to find
- Limited VR content
10. Best Entry Level VR: Irusu Monster
The Irusu Monster is an entry-level VR headset that comes bundled with a controller. This is among the few VR headsets in the budget segment to come with a controller. The device also features a headrest which distributes the weight of the device evenly.
The Irusu Monster looks like a well-built product. The device itself is made up of good quality plastic, and the lenses are good too. If you compare this one with premium VR headsets, then you will be disappointed. The comparison would be unfair as the Irusu Monster comes at a very affordable price.
The lenses on the Irusu Monster come with an adjustable focal length and pupil distance. The viewing experience on this VR headset largely depends on the type of device you are using. If you use a display with a 1080p or higher resolution, you will have a good time. Anything below 1080p is unacceptable, and you will start feeling dizzy if you use a phone with a poor display.
The remote on this one is packed with a lot of features. It connects to your Android device via Bluetooth and lets you control it. The remote runs on two AAA batteries and has six buttons. In addition to the six buttons, it comes with a joystick which can let you navigate through the applications. Note that the remote does not come with a gyroscope so forget about motion detection.
There are some compromises made on the features to keep the price of the Irusu Monster low, but if we go on complaining about the lack of gyro sensor on remote, it would just be nitpicking. This is a perfect low-cost VR headset which lets you watch Google Cardboard based VR content (like 360° YouTube videos, Google Earth) and play some basic Android VR games.
- Most Affordable VR headset to come with a remote
- Comfortable to wear
- Remote doesn’t work with iOS
11. Cheapest Option: Procus One
The device has a striking resemblance to Samsung gear VR but is a much more basic device than the later. Just like the Procus Pro, the Procus One is also based on Google cardboard. The absence of inbuilt headphones on the cheaper variant makes it slightly lighter compared to the ‘Pro’ variant.
This is a device which offers amazing build quality for the price it comes at. It doesn’t come with a controller which is acceptable because the device costs less than ₹2000. You can use phones with screen sizes ranging from 4 inches to 6 inches with the One VR headset.
Presence of a headband on this device makes it more comfortable to wear than every other budget VR headsets. The weight of the device is distributed evenly. The lenses are completely adjustable, and you can change the viewing distance and the separation between them.
Apart from the headset itself, there is absolutely nothing worth our attention in the retail box. You don’t get any headphone, controller or charger with this device. You will have to purchase a controller and Bluetooth headphone separately.
The device offers good value for the price. Instead of purchasing the Procus One, you should slightly increase the budget, and go for the Procus Pro, which has better optics and comes with inbuilt headphones and controller. Just like the Procus Pro, you can watch regular Google Cardboard VR content on this device nut since there is no controller bundled with it, there isn’t much to do apart from watching 360° YouTube videos.
- Low cost
- Easy to use
- The headband makes the device comfortable to wear
- Controller is not provided
- Headphone is not provided
- Better quality material should have been used in making straps
Frequently Asked Questions
VR lets you experience a virtual world, whereas AR makes the world you live in virtual. AR works by superimposing computer-generated graphics on real-world visuals. Pokemon Go is an excellent example of AR games.
That depends on the exact VR headset we are talking about. There are some headsets like the ones from Procus, Irusu and Ocular which are compatible with most of the smartphones. On the other hand, we have headsets like Google Daydream View and Samsung Galaxy Gear. Both the headsets are compatible with a few smartphone models.
It is not true that you will be completely unable to interact with the VR environment. Even if you have purchased a VR headset which doesn’t come with a controller, you can enjoy VR movies. There are a lot of 360° YouTube videos which you don’t need a controller to enjoy.
The minimum and recommended PC specs are mentioned on the VR manufacturer’s web page. Having said that, it is not possible to play VR games on an entry-level PC.
You need a mid-range gaming PC with a processor like a recent Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5, a graphic card at least as good as an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 or AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT and over 8GB of RAM.
A lot of VR headsets are not officially launched in India. If you want one, you have to get it imported from somewhere else. If you have relatives living abroad, they can bring them for you, but if you order from an online store and get it shipped to India, you will have to pay a hefty amount as a customs duty.
Old VR headsets don’t get new updates. Try to avoid buying the discontinued PC/Console VR headsets as far as possible. If you know what you want to do with your VR headset and you are getting one in your budget, you can go for an old one.
Over the past couple of years, we have seen the rise of VR headsets. With companies competing with each other to offer the best value for your money, we keep getting better VR headsets every year. We have seen a drop in prices of VR headsets in recent years. In future, we may see more VR headsets making their way to the Indian market, and till then, we have to pick between the ones that are available today.
In this article, we saw the 11 best quality VR headsets to buy in India. The final decision to pick the right one though depends on you. As we have mentioned since the beginning of the article, pricing and the category of VR headset are the deciding factors in picking a VR headset.
- If you are a PC enthusiast, then you have to pick between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
- The only console VR headset in the industry is the Sony PlayStation VR. So there isn’t a scope for getting confused.
- Oculus Quest 2 is the best standalone VR headset that you can buy.
- If you are looking for an entry-level VR headset, you are most likely to go with either Irusu, Procus or Ocular.
So which VR headset are you planning to get? If you have purchased a VR headset, how was your experience? Do you think we should have included any other VR headset in the list? If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding the article or the VR headsets in general, you can comment down below.