Hey beautiful people! If you are a seeker of new exciting experiences, the digital world is concocting something that’s built to blow your mind. You’ve surely heard of VR, haven’t you? VR or Virtual Reality is a part of a human endeavor to go beyond the usual reality and touch the horizons of human imagination. Before the tech-savvy people in the house go berserk because of my euphemisms, technically, Virtual Reality is a rapidly growing consumer technology which takes you beyond the normal reality into a virtual world where you can do anything and everything, the window to that person, virtual world being a device called VR headset which is just like giant, heavyweight spectacles that strap onto your head using a headband. You can watch movies, play games and a lot more coming soon.
Going Beyond Reality. The Best VR Headsets In India, You Can Buy Right Now
VR is no doubt an emerging consumer technology but has seen some solid involvement from tech-behemoths like Google and Samsung. Virtual Reality content is still not much, but nonetheless, the experience is truly out of this world. So while others figure out, why to get their hands on a cool VR headset and what are the best ones out there, you get an unfair advantage here, as we’ve got you covered. In this post, we present some of the best mobile VR headsets in India, you can buy right now.
1. Google Daydream View (2017)
When we start the talk about mobile VR headsets in India, the first name that pops out above everyone else is Google’s Daydream View VR headset which got a late entry into the Indian shores in 2017. The device comes from the house of Google, so you expect no less, and delightfully Daydream View falls no short of expectations. The build is really sturdy yet feels a lot premium. The exterior is draped in a soft and comfortable fabric which feels really good. There’s no overhead band and while you might be sceptical about the single band, It does work really well. There is some light bleeding, which is certainly painful, but Daydream is not the first headset to have this leak. Play store now has a plethora of apps for VR with titles from big names such as Netflix too. A lot of great experience is paid but the free content is not less and surely enjoyable. Compared to contenders, Daydream VR feels supremely responsive and performant. The experience is really immersive and jaw-dropping.
Let’s talk about the controller that comes with the device. Its no less sturdy and premium than the headset itself, with a big button up top which is a touch controller, an action button and also serves as a home button. Its really accurate but can suffer a bit when low on battery. Even if it does get a bit disturbed, It takes just 10 seconds to recalibrate it.
Again, similar to almost all Virtual Reality headsets, headache is waiting for you just around the 40-minute usage mark. Google Daydream VR lacks a bit in device support with only a few supported devices and you can count them on fingers - Pixel lineup, Moto Z, Huawei Mate 9 Pro and a few more. In simple words, If you want to have the best of mobile Virutal Reality experience, you got to have the best of Android devices. Daydream is undoubtedly the best cardboard based VR headset out there. If you own a compatible device, then It’s a no-brainer, you can’t get better mobile VR experience than Daydream View. It can be purchased in India for a decent price of ₹ 6,499.
2. Samsung Gear VR R322
Samsung Gear VR falls at the second spot in our list and is a worthy competitor. It is crafted of plastic materials and feels robust. The rubber, velcro mesh ensures tight yet comfortable grips around eyes. The device is comfortable to the edges, but that’s where It feels irksome. The cover for housing the smartphone is really thin and feels feeble.
Talking about compatibility, Gear VR falls short with just a handful of Samsung devices supported, that too the top of the line ones. The controller is heavily inspired from HTC Vive but It works decently. There is a ton of contents for this device and you won’t be disappointed with the quality as well. The biggest positive Gear VR has is that It doesn’t introduce a headache too soon. You can easily consume content for about an hour before experiencing some uneasiness.
There is a downside though that calibration isn’t that good. When you change your position, the screen doesn’t accommodate that change and It really sucks at times. The price is not that appealing, but If you own one of the few supported Samsung smartphones, Samsung Gear VR is a choice you won’t regret making and is available for around Rs 5990 only.
3. Advent Basics Virtual Reality Headset with Headphones
Not everything that’s not famous is as good as this superb VR headset from Advent is. Well, what you get is total 3D experience whether it be movies, videos or even games. All credits to inbuilt earphones, you can hear audio, take calls and more, all without even touching your smartphone. With a clean, robust design this headset can’t be kept away from the premium tag.
Its a little heavy at 410 grams, with soft cushioning to make the grip firm yet comfortable. The 42mm resin glass is really top notch and provides a 360-degree immersive experience without early fatigue and dizziness. The materials are of good quality and pile up to a great Virtual Reality experience on the go. With those earphones, built in the headset gives us more to talk about, that is sound. The earphones are not comparable to the best headphones in your arsenal but do a decent job.
The headset is compatible with all devices whether Android or iOS with a screen size of 4.7 to 6 inches which is fairly standard and provides you with a lot of devices to use the headset with. In our opinion, Advent Basics VR Headset is a really good buy until you have a high-end phone and a big wallet to get a Daydream or Gear VR.
The only thing we miss dearly here is a remote controller, which would have made this headset a value for money champion but looks like you would have to suffice without it. It can be bought for around Rs 2850.
4. AuraVR Pro VR Headset with Remote Controller
If you are looking for the best VR headset in sub ₹ 2000 range, AuraVR Pro VR headset is our best bet. The headset boasts a flashy design, built with high-grade plastic which well does feel high grade but not as premium as you’d expect. Nonetheless, the plastic structure is strong and durable. The headset despite being made of plastic is quite heavy at 721 grams and will certainly hurt you in the neck after prolonged use.
The 42mm lenses are of admirable quality packing an immersive 360-degree experience for you. The 3-way head-strap fits well and is almost comfortable If you can bear that weight of the headset. There are no earphones built in, but you do get a Bluetooth remote with a joystick-like controller of which we are not a big fan but It just works and certainly you don’t expect a lot from an unpopular name like AuraVR.
On the compatibility side of things, AuraVR Pro is fairly standard and supports devices of screen size 4.7 inches to 6 inches. Although, we feel prolonged usage can cause headaches, but not as soon as you’d expect. You can get AuraVR Pro VR headset for ₹ 1899 only.
5. Mi VR Play 2
Another big name in the Virtual Reality industry, which is making a lot of buzz in the budget segment is Mi VR Play 2. This VR headset is the best value for money headset you can buy for just over ₹ 1000. Crafted by Xiaomi with premium fabric material just like the daydream VR, the headset is super comfortable and grippy. The cushioning is apt and fits perfectly. Its super light as well with just 183 grams of weight.
The velcro based head-strap can be adjusted nicely. The lenses are of superb quality and provide immersive 3D experience. The front load design is really good with good quality flap. The comfort levels are really great, light bleeding is there, but you got to live with that as that is the case with almost every VR headset. The fabric is really breathable and doesn’t let heat generate in the chamber. The headset supports both iOS and Android devices ranging from 4.7 inches to 5.7 inches which might be a bummer for the 6-inch owners. This VR headset from Xiaomi is an absolute stunner at the price of just ₹ 1299.
6. Ocular Swift Adjustable VR Glasses
Getting to our cheapest candidate in the post, Ocular Swift VR headset boasts a new, unique and trendy design. The build is of plastic and feels sturdy but not very durable. The VR headset boasts 42mm resin lens which is of decent quality and provides respectable VR experience. The light bleeding is a bit more than you would want. The headset features a flexible design which is good for 3D movie watching, games and more. The experience is really a cut above others in the category, hence in our list.
One thing that stands out is the cushioning, It is really really comfy and you’d definitely love it. All thanks to this firm grip and extra cushioning, wearing this headset for longer durations is not an issue, this is not completely right though. The lenses are good but not the best in the world so you do get some fatigue after an hour and a half or so. Another thing, which stands out is the weight of this headset is 160 grams, yes! just 160 grams. It's really ultra-light. You can buy this one from for ₹ 899.
The Best VR Headsets In India, You Can Buy Right Now
So that’s It folks, hope we did a good job bringing you the best VR headsets in the country right now. So are you ready for some high fidelity experience, immersive exploration and a wonderful yet virtual reality? If you can roaring a big yes, then VR headsets are for you. With a ton of content whether it be movies or games, VR is already huge. It's your time to get on the Virtual Reality bandwagon, so go ahead take a read of this post again, share with others and unleash the gates of the virtual world, together.
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