Cheapest virtual reality (VR) headsets in Australia: From $30
Here are the best VR systems for gamers on a budget with prices starting at $30.
To some, the world of virtual reality may seem confusing and alien. The fact is, this seemingly futuristic technology is here today, and can be enjoyed at a surprisingly low price point. To help you dive into this weird and wonderful world, we've rounded up the best VR kits available to buy online in Australia at an affordable price.
Since virtual reality technology is always evolving, it's worth mentioning headsets that aren't yet available, but are definitely worth keeping an eye on. The PlayStation VR 2 is set to be a must-have addition for console gamers, with enticing features such as 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, 3D audio, and eye control functionality. Combined with Sony's incredible VR games library, the VR 2 is sure to be one of the most immersive experiences on the market.
Best VR headsets under $500
We at Finder consider the Oculus Quest 2 to be the best VR headset on the market, while taking value into consideration. With its high resolution, comfortable design, and wide library of VR games and experiences, it's hard to believe you can grab it for under $500. Its Guardian system ensures safety while in use, and it even carries the ability to track your hands, rather than the joystick-like controllers.
The Quest 2 isn't perfect. Like all VR sets, you have to accept looking a little bit goofy while wearing it, and the need to link a Facebook account might turn some people off. But getting your hands on this high-level tech at such a low price tag is remarkable, and presents the perfect chance to enter the VR world. Best of all, it doesn't require any additional hardware apart from an Internet connection.Buy for $479
The release of the HP Reverb 2 means you can grab its still-outstanding predecessor for just $499. With 2,160p resolution per eye and a 90Hz refresh rate, the high-quality display of the Reverb makes all the difference in the world. Visible gaps between pixels can cause a "screen door" effect on other headsets, but you won't have that issue with the Reverb.
The Reverb runs on the Windows Mixed Reality platform, and also supports SteamVR, meaning you will have a ton of great VR games at your disposal. The Reverb was also designed with professional use in mind, and its ultra-high resolution and user-friendliness means it really excels in that area.Buy for $499
This VR headset is a bit different. It doesn't come with its own screen; instead, you simply insert your iPhone or Android into it, and enjoy the VR experience for a small fraction of the cost. There are plenty of VR apps available on the App Store and Google Store, and considering how much cheaper this item is than competitors, it's a lot of fun.
The Google Cardboard app will show you how to set up your VR experience and includes a bunch of fun experiences like Urban Hike and Arctic Journey. The YouTube app also has plenty of VR experiences to enjoy. Beyond that, we recommend downloading apps such as Hidden Temple and Voxel Fly VR, both of which are available on iPhone and Android.Buy for $30
If you want to take the technology of Google Cardboard to the next level, this Shinecon VR Headset is exactly what you're looking for. Fitting any phone from 4.7 to 6.0 inches, the headset also includes adjustable lenses to ensure you can enjoy VR at your optimal focal distance.
Its ABS construction is light-weight but durable, and its design makes sure you're always comfortable. The Shinecon also features multi-directional heat dissipation, making it much easier on your smartphone. And if you want to buy some headsets for your family and friends, Amazon is offering a promotion for bigger savings the more you buy.Buy for $71.99
Since it's pretty much impossible to get your hands on the official, Nintendo-brand Labo in Australia, we'd recommend grabbing this excellent replacement version. This VR headset requires you to have your own Nintendo Switch, but once you've got it, let the good times roll, as you enjoy your favourite games like never before.
The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros are just some of the games you can experience in virtual reality thanks to the Labo. You can also enjoy YouTube VR experiences.
This Labo is constructed from durable EVA and Oxford materials, has a comfortable ergonomic design, and can be used by people wearing prescription glasses.Buy for $74.99
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