Virtual Reality (VR) headsets run the spectrum in terms of how much you want to spend. If money is no object, the HTC Vive Pro is a great choice. If your wallet cries for mercy, the Oculus Go is worth a look. The good news is both headsets just got appreciably cheaper starting today.
Starting with the Vive Pro, HTC slashed the headset’s price by $200. That means you can now pick up the headset by itself, the Vive Pro Starter Kit, and Vive Pro Full Kit for $599, $899, and $1,199, respectively. Better yet, HTC told Windows Central these are permanent price drops. The Vive Pro Starter Kit includes the headset, two SteamVR 1.0 base stations, and two Vive controllers. The Vive Pro Full Kit includes the same accessories, save for two newer 2.0 base stations instead of the 1.0 base stations.
HTC VIVE Pro Virtual Reality Headset Only
The Vive Pro is HTC's most advanced VR headset to date. Each eye is hit with a 1,440 x 1,660 resolution, with the base stations providing precision tracking in your room.
Unlike the Oculus Quest and its inside-out tracking, the Vive Pro relies on base stations to track where you are in the room. That makes the Vive Pro one of your only options if you prefer base station tracking. The headset also has a resolution of 1,440 x 1,660 per eye and supports precision tracking with at least two laser base stations.
If you’re looking for something much more affordable, the Oculus Go received a permanent $50 price drop. That means the 32GB and 64GB versions of the headset now cost $149 and $199, respectively.
Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 32GB
The Oculus Go is the company's most affordable VR headset. It doesn't have the advanced tracking of its peers, but it's a great headset if you're trying VR for the first time.
Whereas the Oculus Quest offers six degrees of freedom and inside-out tracking, the Oculus Go only has three degrees of freedom with basic tracking. That means the Oculus Go only detects basic head movement, not body movement. The headset also has just one controller and the Snapdragon 821 processor, compared to the Quest’s two controllers and the Snapdragon 835.