The world of online gaming is changing before our very eyes, quite literally. Many of us have witnessed the shift from arcades to home consoles, and home consoles to mobile gaming. Now, it’s virtual reality’s (VR) turn to create even more realistic and immersive gaming experiences online. Using 360-degree spatial awareness and life-like sounds and graphics, virtual reality gaming transports players into another world.

The Best VR headsets for online Gaming

VR has arguably made its biggest impact on the iGaming industry, allowing players to enjoy Vegas-esque casino experiences without having to leave the confines of their own homes. Although the most popular iGaming platforms, such as the global online casino from PokerStars, offer table games that provide real-life experiences on mobile devices, alternative networks are already beginning to offer wholly virtual casino experiences where players could play for real money, akin to a bricks-and-mortar visit. Whether you’re looking to experience the thrill of the casino or even the adrenaline rush of a first-person shooter in VR, let’s take a look at some of the leading VR headsets most suitable for online gaming.

Introducing the HTC Vive

Leading smartphone manufacturer, HTC has teamed up with Valve, the brains behind online gaming platform Steam, to create the HTC Vive VR headset. Designed to work with all VR games compatible with desktop PCs, the Vive has a 2160 x 1200 OLED display offering crisp, life-like visuals. With the HTC Vive you can stand up and play some of the classics in the world of gaming, including Doom and Fallout 4. The Vive tracks your movements in the virtual world using 32 individual sensors, while hand controllers track your motion and actions in-game. At £600 per headset, the HTC Vive is not cheap but it’s mighty impressive.

The Facebook-owned Oculus Rift

While the Oculus Rift is compatible with many of the leading VR iGaming experiences, the Facebook-owned device also has a string of great apps of its own. For instance, you can test your reflexes with the Robo Recall first-person shooter, fly in outer space with Eve Valkyrie and live on the edge of your nerves with Resident Evil: Biohazard. The Oculus Rift is designed to work seamlessly with Xbox One controllers and you can even stream VR games through your console via a desktop PC.

The Samsung Gear VR

One of the longest-standing VR headsets, the Samsung Gear VR has been around for three years now, and still offers one of the most immersive VR experiences when used with a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone. It’s markedly cheaper than the Vive or Oculus Rift, and comes with a Bluetooth controller that is complete with motion sensor and touch pad. Gear VR owners can play games on the Oculus Rift’s ecosystem, with a raft of apps and games on offer through their store.

The Sony PlayStation VR

Sony’s long-awaited VR headset reached our shelves in October 2016, and is already regarded as the number-one VR headset for serious online gamers. It’s possible to wear your PlayStation VR headset and control the action using a Dualshock controller, but for a more fluid VR experience it’s best to use some of Sony’s Move controllers. Not only does Sony’s equipment look great, with some of the coolest gadgets for gamers, it has an epic range of VR games designed exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

VR has been waiting in the wings for many years, but it’s finally here and it’s transforming online gaming as we know it. Better still, you can explore the hidden depths of immersive VR gameplay with headsets that require only a smartphone, video game console or desktop PC to play. As they say, once you go VR with your gaming, there’s no going back!