Various Types of VR Headsets

Various Types of VR Headsets

VR Headset can be categorised based on few types, but the primary types are:

Standalone headset
Devices that have all necessary components to provide virtual reality experiences integrated into the headset. Example of standalone VR Headset

Samsung Gear VR

Microsoft Hololens

HTC Vive Flow

Oculus Go

Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest & Oculus Quest 2 able to let us enjoy PC-supported game (tethered) as well, but there are pros & cons regarding Standalone VR Headset


  • To be used without computers and without cables.
  • Generally lighter in weight than PC VR.
  • Cheaper than computer-controlled VR glasses.
  • Increased comfort and mobility for learners
  • Simpler set up than tethered devices
  • Less graphics power than PC VR glasses.
  • Less accurate tracking method.
  • Available VR games and applications are more limited.

Tethered headset
Headsets that act as a display device to another device (PC or a video game console) to provide a virtual reality experience. Example of tethered VR Headset

Razer OSVR HDK 2

Fove 0

HTC Vive Cosmos

Oculus Rift

Pimax 4K

HTC Vive Pro

Playstation VR


  • Can play graphics games more beautifully and smoother than Standalone VR.
  • Larger (and better) range of VR games and other applications.
  • The tracking in space is more accurate.
  • Convenient to share in-headset view to a larger screen for peers and other learners to view
  • More powerful than a standalone VR headset
  • Higher-end graphics with real-time lighting and effects (e.g. mirror reflections)
  • You always need a powerful (VR-ready) PC and additional equipment (base stations, lighthouse boxes etc).
  • You are always with a cable attached to the Computer, hence movements are restricted
  • The products are more expensive than just Standalone glasses.
At New World Carnival, we have both Standalone and Tethered VR Headsets. Book a session here to New World Carnival to play VR Games with your family and friends!

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