Comparing Our Top 3 VR Headsets for Training

The number of VR headsets on the market is overwhelming. There are headsets specific to entertainment, others for gaming, and growing demand for more headsets related to enterprise. When starting in VR, it’s not always clear which headset will work best for the needs of your training program. We’ve created this blog post with the latest enterprise headsets to help you decide on the best VR headset for training.

Oculus Quest 2

Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 is likely the most popular VR headset on the market, given its great application for gaming, entertainment, and enterprise use. Having launched in October 2020, it is the seventh Oculus headset. This headset is untethered and therefore mobile without the need for a PC. As a high-grade, high-quality headset, it uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chip. 

The Oculus Quest 2 is an excellent option for VR training as it offers a lower price point for the amount of support you receive compared to competitors with similar offerings. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that the price will be higher if you opt for the Oculus Business model. That is because Oculus for Business is an all-in-one offer with device management, support, and services all coming from Oculus – no third parties are required. While this may be helpful to get up and running quickly, it makes it challenging to opt out of specific fees, such as the mandatory annual service fee for device management. 

Limitations for customization of programs and software exist. The Oculus Quest 2 lacks an app store, meaning you must work directly with developers to download apps. 

HTC Vive Focus 3

If graphics and comfort are your top priorities, the HTC Vive Focus 3 is a great option. It offers a 5K resolution with a wide, up to a 120-degree field of view for natural viewing. Headset wearers can use a dial to adjust interpupillary distance (IPD), enabling comfort fit for each individual. Counter-balanced ergonomics allow for a balance between the eyepiece and the battery. Longer sessions are feasible in this headset due to its active cooling mechanism and thermal optimized battery. The battery can be easily swapped for easy all day use.

Sound leakage reduction and directional speaker design allow for conversations to remain private. Private discussions are helpful in scenarios where multiple people are training in the same room. With regards to COVID-19 hygiene practices, the headset cushions can be easily detached and reattached for cleaning. 

The untethered HTC Vive Focus 3 can connect to a PC to render visual-intensive applications for Vive Business streaming. HTC makes set up between multiple devices seamless with a single portal to manage devices, content, and software. You can also connect to third-party device management tools.

Pico Neo 3

The Pico Neo 3 comes as an excellent option if you are looking for almost no restrictions on customizability, including the managed experience and software. A high degree of customization is helpful if you are using custom-developed VR software. The business offerings for the Pico Neo 3 are less mature than those from Oculus and HTC, particularly around device management. This however allows it to be priced at a lower point. You still benefit from other enterprise features and support such as software implementation and hardware configuration.

The Pico Neo 3 offers exceptional audio quality and high-quality tracking in both bright and dark settings. With a new user mapping system, many commercial use cases can be produced without additional devices or setup costs. This headset is lighter and more compact than previous Pico headsets, with wireless and wired streaming options. If you are looking for strong eye tracking for deeper analytics, Pico also offers the Pico Neo 3 Eye. The Pico Neo 3 is available for pre-order and is expected to be released in Q3 of 2021.

Depending on your specific needs – robust enterprise features, comfort, or customization – the headsets above can all track 6 DoF. Tracking 6 DoF should be the standard in your VR training program to ensure trainees can benefit from a fully immersive experience through interactions with their environment. Looking for more details to compare our top picks for VR headsets? Check out the table below.

Oculus Quest 2HTC VIVE Focus 3Pico Neo 3 Pro
Price$799 USD$1,300 USD$699 USD
Field of View89 degrees120 degrees98 degrees
Refresh Rate120 Hz90 Hz90 Hz
TrackingOculus Insights inside-out trackingVIVE inside-out trackingInside-out tracking
InputTwo Oculus Touch controllers plus hand tracking capabilitiesTwo HTC controllers with sensorsTwo Pico Touch controllers with 32 optical tracking sensors
Resolution1832×1920 per eye2448×2448 per eye3664×1920 per eye
Display PanelFast-switch LCDDual 2.88″ LCD panelsSingle 5.55″ LCD display
AudioIntegrating positional audioDual microphones with echo cancellationBuilt-in spatial stereo speakers
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon XR2Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
Battery Life2 to 3 hoursUp to 15 hours of battery life2.5 to 3 hours
Storage256 GB128 GB256 GB

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