Best VR Headset for Microsoft Flight Simulator (2022)

The 2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator is perhaps the most ambitious and revolutionary flight sim of our generation. The technology it uses to simulate the entire planet in such detail, along with weather and other effects is truly remarkable.

When combined with a good, VR headset the sim truly comes to life. This combo of a VR + MS Flight Sim is without a doubt, the closest you can come to  real life flight outside of an actual plane!

However, not all VR headsets are created equal. For example, the Index is a great  VR headset but almost 40% of its price is the lighthouses and controllers which you don’t really need for MS Flight Sim or any flight sim for that matter.

What you need for MS Flight Sim is a headset that:

  • Has the maximum possible resolution
  • Exceptional lens quality
  • Comfortable enough to be worn for long flight sessions

Things like hand controllers are completely irrelevant for flight sims since you would be using a HOTAS/ Joystick anyway. Tracking quality is also not that important since you won’t be jumping around in your cockpit.

With all of this in mind, here are my top VR headset recommendations for the new Microsoft  Flight Simulator.

1. HP Reverb G2 (Best Premium Option)


HP Reverb G2


  • High resolution of 2160x2160 per eye
  • Unmatched clarity to read all the dials, gauges and radar on your aircraft
  • 90Hz display, decent vertical and horizontal FoV
  • Comfortable for long flights, moving your head around

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Reverb-G2

The Reverb G2 has a beautiful 2160×2160 screen for EACH eye. This is significantly higher than what any of the competing headsets have as you see in the following table. The FoV, sweet spot etc. are all good. Nothing groundbreaking but pretty much all VR headsets are in the same ballpark on these metrics . One unique advantage of this headset is that it is a Windows Mixed Reality headset and WMR is Microsoft’s technology. Which means Microsoft Flight Sim has been built to work best with WMR headsets and technology. The sim is optimized around WMR so the Reverb G2 does have another small but welcome advantage there compared to non-WMR headsets. You can use OpenXR which gives you a small performance boost. 

Its high resolution is what makes the Reverb stand apart from the crowd. I have been using it for a while now and it offers the best clarity to read your gauges and instruments in flight sims. It doesn’t not have the best controllers, but you don’t really need them for a flight sim. My controllers are still inside the box!

HeadsetResolution (per eye)Total Pixels (both eyes)Refresh RateHorizontal FoV
Reverb G2 2160 x 21609,331,20090 Hz114°
Quest 2 1832 x 19207,034,88072 Hz
Vive Pro 2 2448 x 244811985408120 Hz120°
Pimax 8K X 3840 x 216016,588,80090 Hz200°
Index 1440 x 16004,608,000144 Hz130°
Cosmos Elite 1440 x 17004,896,00090 Hz110°
Vive Pro 1440 x 16004,608,00090 Hz110°
Rift S 1280 x 14403,686,40080 Hz110°
Vive 1080 x 12002,592,00090 Hz110°

2. Oculus Quest 2 (Mid-range Option)


Oculus Quest 2


  • High resolution of 1832 x 1920 per eye
  • Easy setup, comfortable, great tracking 
  • Value for money

Buy from Oculus Store

Quest2

The Quest 2 is the best mid-range option for not just MS Flight Sim, but for almost every VR game. It is the quintessential jack of all trades headset that won’t break the bank. It has good resolution, good tracking, good value, good comfort, good build quality and good everything really. Not necessarily the highest resolution, but close enough to be viable in flight sims. Which is what makes it an absolute work horse for VR gaming.

Get this headset if you are new to VR and want something that is good with all games, not just flight sims. It is the safe option. I was actually surprised with the amount of goodness packed into this headset while still maintaining such an attractive price.

3. Pimax 8K X (Ultra Premium Option)


Pimax 8K X


  • Unmatched resolution of 3840x2160 per eye 
  • Highest vertical and horizontal FoV  for true immersion
  • Perfect fit for simmers offering clarity and situational awareness

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Pimax-8KX

The Pimax 8K X dominates the competition when it comes to clarity, visuals and field of view. It offers almost double the resolution and FoV of most other consumer grade headsets and it does that at a price that is high but not beyond the reach of what us flight simmers have to pay for graphics cards, premium joysticks and other hardware.

My main concern with the Pimax 8K was that it would need so much GPU power to run. However, practically, the difference is not much because oyu can scale down the super sampling and it still looks so much better than other VR headsets. Of course, its still only possible with top end GPUs like the 3090 and the 3080Ti, but us flight simmers have got sort of used to that by now. Quality comes at a price.

4. Valve Index (Most Versatile)

The Index  is an excellent VR headset. I am still a massive fan of lighthouse tracking and the excellent controllers of the Index. However, you don’t really need that for sims. For sims, you need clarity and the other options in this list have an advantage there. But if you do want to play other types of games and sims are less of a priority for you, then the Index is a decent option to consider.

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About the Author

Gary (Flanker)

Gary has been "hard landing" into runways and driving his Mitsubishi Evo off of cliffs since the early 2000s. These days, he spends most of his precious hobby time with his favorite flight, racing and space simulations in VR.He also has an Engineering Degree in Computer Science which helps a lot with his obsession with optimizing PC hardware like CPUs, Graphics Cards, VR Headsets, HOTAS, Racing Wheels etc. for high end sims.