XR Hardware Insights

Learn about different categories of XR headsets, their capabilities, features, pricing, and market share.

Both tethered and untethered (standalone) headsets have specific features and characteristics. In the subsequent sections, we discuss essential characteristics, pricing, and market share for each headset category. While exact pricing may vary a bit, after reviewing this lesson, we’ll get a rough idea as to what type of VR setup will best suit our business case.

Tethered VR headsets

The tethered VR headsets serve as a display for a powerful computer and can deliver a very realistic and immersive XR experience. These headsets are tethered, therefore the user is constrained by the setup wiring. The user can move no more than the length of the headset cable. Also, tethered headsets don’t allow users to turn 360 degrees because they can wrap around and cause injury to the user, or the equipment can get damaged. The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive Pro, and Sony PlayStation VR are among the most popular tethered headsets in the industry.

The Sony PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift are the most sought-after tethered VR headsets in price and quality.

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