If you have read any of my other reviews, you’d know that I LOVE the HP Reverb and recommend it for many games. But not for Beat Saber!
Beat Saber is a different beast and these are the thing you need to look at before buying a VR headset for it:
- Clarity and resolution are NOT your top priority. You move so fast you wont even notice the lack of clarity. And the things you have to slice are quite big anyway. This is not a text reading simulator!
- Mobility is extra important. Ideally, you need a wireless setup. But at the very least you need something with a long and light wire (and trust me the Reverb and other premium headset wires are super heavy).
- Stability – in terms of being attached to your face firmly.
- Sweat management!! I don’t know about you, but I do work up quite a sweat when playing Beat Saber so this is a consideration for me.
- Terrific tracking – After a couple dozen hours in beat Saber, even a klutz like me starts feeling like a gazelle lol. So yea, we need a headset that can keep up.
Based on these criteria, here are my top picks.
1. Best for Beat Saber/ Premium Option
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The undisputed king for Beat Saber. The Vive Pro has so many features that fit perfectly with what you want to do in this game that it is hard to pick anything else.
- The Vive Pro uses lighthouses so it has the best tracking. This is something that really clinches the deal for Beat Saber because you really do need top-notch controller tracking.
- It has wireless!! You can get the wireless adapter and you also need this attachment kit . Wireless really is a game changer for games like Beat Saber as you no longer have to lug around a bulky cable and worry about tripping.
- It has a lot of foam which can soak up sweat and prevent damage. You can easily swap them out and buy more off of Amazon easily.
- The Vive Pro already incorporates the improvements over the Vive like a better head-strap which is more comfortable, comes with headphones and is easier to put on.
- The Vive Pro’s resolution is still on-par with the best VR headsets of today.
2. Best Mid-range Option
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The Rift S is a great all rounder and definitely the best option in the mid range. Like a true all rounder, the Rift S will be ok for almost every game, including Beat Saber.
It boasts good clarity, good tracking and it just works out of the box. It also offers unmatched value for money and there is nothing else at this price point that comes close.
Think of it this way: If you only play high resolution flight sims, then you need something like the Reverb or maybe the Index. If you only play Beat Saber than a wireless and lighthouse option like the Vive Pro will be best. But if you play a bit of everything, THAT is when you need to get a Rift S or Cosmos.
3. Best Budget/ Entry Level Option
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The Quest is really all about making VR accessible to the mainstream.
- You don’t need a PC with the Quest. Meaning you can play anywhere and save on upgrading your PC.
- Its wireless out of the box!
- The headset does compromise in terms of tracking quality and visuals. But it is more than enough bang for your buck at this price, especially since you save on upgrading your graphics card as well.