Virtual reality seemed like a wild taste of the future in 2016, when a wave of headsets began to appear. Today, it’s more like a work in progress. Virtual reality is still evolving, into possibilities that could eventually stun us even more.

Here are four of CNET’s favorite VR headsets from the current crop.

There’s no better mobile VR experience than the Oculus Quest, and its full-motion untethered design feels like the future. Let’s see how good the app library becomes.
There’s no better mobile VR experience than the Oculus Quest, and its full-motion untethered design feels like the future. Let’s see how good the app library becomes.

Oculus Quest

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (excellent)

The cost: $399–$499 at oculus.com

The good: The Oculus Quest creates really immersive VR on a standalone headset with fantastic controls and full positional tracking. It requires no phone, PC or game console, and the price isn’t bad. Passthrough cameras allow easy setup of the play area, and a way to check your surroundings without taking off the headset.

The bad: Its closed-off design will only run apps and games for the Quest, and your favorite Oculus Rift and Go titles may or may not make the leap. It’s not meant to be used outdoors (though maybe that’s a good thing). Its mobile processor means it’s not always as good as what PCs can do. Can Facebook build a proper ecosystem for it?

The bottom line: There’s no better mobile VR experience than the Oculus Quest, and its full-motion untethered design feels like the future. Let’s see how good the app library becomes.

Vive is the best virtual-reality experience you can have right now, thanks to its motion controls and room-scale tracking. It’s the closest thing to having a holodeck in your home.
Vive is the best virtual-reality experience you can have right now, thanks to its motion controls and room-scale tracking. It’s the closest thing to having a holodeck in your home.

HTC Vive

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (excellent)

The cost: $699 at store.us.vive.com

The good: The HTC Vive offers a flat-out amazing virtual reality experience with sharp visuals, great motion controls and full-room sensing to walk around in virtual space. Vive hardware can help indicate where your walls are, and an in-helmet camera can be used to see your space with the headset on.

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The bad: It requires a high-end PC to run. Long wires and lots of equipment take time and space to set up. Steam VR offers a lot of software but it isn’t always beginner-friendly.

The bottom line: Vive is the best virtual-reality experience you can have right now, thanks to its motion controls and room-scale tracking. It’s the closest thing to having a holodeck in your home.

Oculus Go is VR for the masses: A self-contained, standalone virtual reality headset that’s portable, affordable and delivers a great experience for the price.
Oculus Go is VR for the masses: A self-contained, standalone virtual reality headset that’s portable, affordable and delivers a great experience for the price.

Oculus Go

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (excellent)

The cost: $199–$249 at oculus.com

The good: A completely self-contained, standalone, no-phone-or-PC-necessary VR system. Comfortable design and feel. Sharp-looking display and effective built-in speakers with spatial audio. Hundreds of apps. Oculus setup app works with iOS and Android phones. Connects for social chats with Go, Gear VR and Oculus Rift owners.

The bad: Two-hour battery life. It’s a sit-down experience (no room tracking). No expandable storage. No kid-safe settings. Lacks multiple account options.

The bottom line: Oculus Go is VR for the masses: A self-contained, standalone virtual reality headset that’s portable, affordable and delivers a great experience for the price.

While the motion tracking trails its PC VR counterparts, Sony’s PlayStation VR otherwise crams a solid and satisfying virtual reality experience into an existing PS4 game console.
While the motion tracking trails its PC VR counterparts, Sony’s PlayStation VR otherwise crams a solid and satisfying virtual reality experience into an existing PS4 game console.

Sony PlayStation VR

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (very good)

The cost: Bundles start at $300 at bestbuy.com

The good: The PlayStation VR is the most accessible, affordable and user-friendly full VR option on the market. Sony has promised support from a long list of developers down the track but the immediate launch games are pretty solid as well.

The bad: Its single-camera tracking system occasionally feels lacking and you may have trouble when you turn around. The PSVR’s graphical fidelity is occasionally noticeably lower than what’s possible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

The bottom line: While the motion tracking trails its PC VR counterparts, Sony’s PlayStation VR otherwise crams a solid and satisfying virtual reality experience into an existing PS4 game console.