A Comprehensive Review Of 2019 And 2020 VR Headsets

Tethered

Most serious VR headsets have a wired connection, or “tether” to an external computer. That gives them more storage potential and the ability to run more advanced programs. The only downside is the tether. However, the tether is usually directed to run down the back so it’s out of the way.

VIVE Cosmos

The VIVE Cosmos[11] is a good place to start the discussion of tethered headsets. It has a tether but VIVE also pioneered a wireless adapter that works with Cosmos.

vive cosmos VR headset
VIVE Cosmos

At $700, Cosmos is the cheapest factory-packed VIVE model. It’s almost twice the price of the Oculus flagship, which we’ll talk about next. The biggest difference between Cosmos and the Pro series is the interpupillary distance sensor. The Cosmos doesn’t have one, though the IPD can still be adjusted manually. Maladjusted IPD is important for image quality and to prevent problems like headaches or queasiness.

Oculus Rift S

Rift was the first big VR headset and the Rift S[12] is the company’s current flagship model. Maybe. It’s hard to tell considering how many things Oculus has going on right now. Rift S is actually the same price as Quest and has a lot of the same specs. The only real difference is that Rift S is tethered and has better optics capabilities.

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