how they work and what models you can buy
On the other hand, independent or autonomous glasses (Standalone in English) do not have any type of cable, since they do not require an external device. all the prosecution of the information is made in own team. They are products usually a lot less powerful than the wired versions, but this does not mean that they are not capable of offering a realistic experience with detailed graphics and good fluidity.
Are they only for playing?
Absolutely. The brands behind these new devices are creating the foundations of a new paradigm within computing. The objective is not only to create realistic games, not to develop new ways to develop our abilities with applications for engineering, telecommuting, communication and leisure.
Standalone VR glasses (wireless)
The best options when buying wire-free virtual reality glasses are the following.
Oculus Quest 2
Behind Oculus is neither more nor less than Facebook (or Meta, rather). Oculus was the first brand to make a name for itself in the world of virtual reality, and Zuckerberg was quick to see their potential, as he ended up absorbing the company. Initially, Oculus made connected devicesas was the case with the Oculus Rift S, but the latest models of this brand are totally freelancers.
The Oculus Quest 2 is worth about 350 euros and its brain is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. Its resolution is 1,920 by 1,832 pixels, being the autonomous equipment on the market with the highest resolution to date. It includes two controls to control the movement and has a good arsenal of 6DOF sensors (6 degrees of freedom) to generate a complete experience.
Another strong point of the Quest 2 is that can be turned into wired glasses. For this, we can use the Oculus Link, which is a five meter long powered USB-C cable. It is not a cheap accessory, but with it we can connect the Quest 2 to the PC and enjoy titles that are not available natively on the Oculus platform.
Sony PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR is one of the easiest ways to enjoy virtual reality. Use the helmet and the PlayStation Cameraay allows you to play on PlayStation 4. It is compatible also with PlayStation 5although Sony is already working on a model for the new generation console with redesigned controls and greater precision.
Wired Virtual Reality Glasses
These are the best models of wired virtual reality glasses that currently exist on the market.
The company behind Steam has also launched its proposal for virtual reality. His device is one of the most expensive on the market, about €1,079. They are also the wired virtual reality glasses with higher refresh rate. supports a rate of 120Hz and also has a 144 Hz experimental mode. Taking advantage of this device means having recently invested several thousand euros in a desktop PC, so it is not a pair of glasses for everyone.
Their knobs They are really revolutionaries. They can independently follow the movement of the fingers, so we will be able to simulate triggers with a spectacular level of realism. The only downside that we can put on the Index is that the triggers they are sold separately for 299 euros more. Fortunately, you can use them with other virtual reality glasses like the HTC Vive or Vive Pro.
The Valve Index as a whole They are the most complete glasses that you will see in this guide, but they also involve a huge investment of money, so they are only suitable for those enthusiastic players who are not afraid to invest a huge sum of money to enjoy this technology.
HTC Vive Pro 2
The Vive Pro 2 stand out for being the wired glasses with the highest resolution on the market till the date. 2,448 by 2,448 pixels per eye, that is, 5K. They offer spectacular sharpness with their LED screens (the previous model was OLED) and a 120Hz refresh rate. They serve both video games and professionals who want to mark ground in the metaverse. They are not very cheap glasses either. The helmet costs about €779 about. The controllers and base station they have to be purchased separately. They sell all-inclusive kits, but the most interesting thing is to buy the Valve Index knobssince they are totally compatible with HTC glasses and they are much more advanced.
This headset is also totally Steam VR compatiblebut has its own service store, called Viveport. There we can download all kinds of applications and utilities to take advantage of the brand’s virtual reality equipment. There is also a subscription membership called Viveport Infinity.
HTC Vive Cosmos and Vive Cosmos Elite
We have talked about very expensive products and it is time to mention some affordable. The HTC Cosmos is a upgraded version of the original Vive. The complete package costs around 750 euros and offers improved performance compared to the first generation Vive.
The elite version costs about 150 euros more and offers the external base and motion control sensors that provide a better accuracy.