What is the Best VR Headset for Beat Saber?

Mike Shinoda plays Beat Saber

So you might’ve seen Mike Shinoda (from Linkin Park) play Beat Saber on Twitch and now want to get into it.

But which headset do you choose?

There are dozens of headsets available on the market and tonnes of overly complicated and outdated information online.

No problem!

  • We’ve created this guide for complete beginners with no knowledge of VR
  • This guide will be updated every time there’s an update to the headsets (which happens very frequently) or when new headsets enter the market

So what’s the best VR headset for Beat Saber?

Firstly, look for these features:

The headset must have:

  • The ability to add custom songs and mods (some headsets won’t allow this)
  • accurate tracking (tracking means the headset’s ability to track where your controllers/hands are)
  • comfort
  • beautiful visuals and high resolution

Other things you can add to the mix are:

  • wireless capability (having no wires get in the way is a huge advantage for Beat Saber and other games)
  • full-body tracking (tracking for your entire body instead of just your hands, which allows you to play feet-saber or appear inside the game which is ideal for streamers).
  • budget-friendly

Here are your options:

ChoiceHeadset
Best WirelessOculus Quest
Best Full Body TrackingHTC Vive Pro
Best for CompetitiveOculus Rift S

Best Wireless Option: Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest 2 — Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset — 64 GB
  • Next-level Hardware - Make every move count with a blazing-fast processor and our highest-resolution display
  • All-In-One Gaming - With backward compatibility, you can explore new titles and old favorites in the expansive Quest content library
  • Immersive Entertainment - Get the best seat in the house to live concerts, groundbreaking films, exclusive events and more
  • Quest 2 requires your Facebook account to log in, making it easy to meet up with friends in VR and discover communities around the world
  • Easy Setup - Just open the box, set up with the smartphone app and jump into VR. No PC or console needed. Requires wireless internet access and the Oculus app (free download) to set up device

Don’t have a good computer? Want to be completely immersed in VR with no wires to get in the way? Wireless is the way to go!

The great thing about the Oculus Quest 2 is that it can serve as both a standalone, wireless headset and a PCVR headset if you connect it your PC using the Link cable.

It’s budget-friendly, has beautiful visuals, accurate tracking (to the millimetre) and the ability to add custom songs/mods.

It’s also the most frequently updated headset, consistently getting new features every few weeks.

The only things it doesn’t have are: comfort and full-body tracking.

  • Comfort can be solved using comfort mods or by buying the Elite strap (highly recommended)
  • And if you want full-body tracking, look to other headsets as the Quest doesn’t support it (keep in mind it’s more expensive).

For competitive Beat Saber, there are people in the top 100 leader-boards using the Oculus Quest. However, if you’re aiming to be a top player, there are the better options.

Even though the quest tracking is great (I’d give it 4.7/5), there are other headsets which I’d say are 4.9/5 or 5/5 which can make a difference at the highest levels. It won’t affect most of you, but I just wanna put that out there in-case you’re trying to become the best Beat Saber player.

Best Full-Body Tracking: HTC Vive Pro

Want to appear as an anime character in Beat Saber? Want to try out feet saber? The HTC Vive Pro is the best for that!

HTC VIVE Pro Virtual Reality System
  • STEAM VR 2.0 TRACKING - From seated to standing to full 22’11”’ x 22’11” room-scale. Ideal for multi-user environments for sub-millimeter tracking accuracy
  • HIGH RESOLUTION DISPLAY - Dual-OLED displays with industry leading resolution of 2880 x 1600 pixels for unparalleled visual fidelity of graphics, text, and textures
  • SPATIAL AUDIO WITH NOISE CANCELLATION - Hi-res, high impedance headphones, 3D spatial sound with active noise cancellation for an immersive experience without distractions from real-world sounds
  • MULTI-USER AND EXTENDED USE – Even weight distribution of the headset, easy on and off, and adjustments for head size, glasses and interpupillary distance (IPD) makes multi-user and extended use easier than ever
  • VIVE TRACKER ECOSYSTEM – Expand business use cases by adding real-life objects to VIVE Tracker bringing the object into your virtual simulation. Ideal for motion capture, automotive, aerospace or heavy equipment simulation.

The Vive Pro is a bit pricey, but I highly recommend it if you can afford it.

Beat Saber is mostly an upper body workout, but with full body tracking, you can work out your legs as well. It’s especially great when your arms are too sore to play.

In order to get full body tracking, you’ll need the HTC Vive Pro set along with the Vive Tracker:

HTC VIVE Virtual Reality System Tracker 2018
  • With Vive tracker, play VR games and experiences never possible before.
  • With the compact, highly flexible, Easy to attach Vive tracker you'll be able to bring physical objects into your virtual world, like a pair of gloves to play musical instruments, or rock climb.
  • Vive Tracker - Go beyond VR controllers
  • Bring real-world objects into your virtual world! Add VIVE Tracker to specially designed accessories to play your favorite supported games.

The HTC Vive Pro has on-par picture quality with most the other headsets, but what sets it apart is the ability to go full wireless if you buy the wireless adapter (keep in mind it’s pretty expensive).

It uses lighthouse tracking which is the best on the market. You won’t find a headset with better tracking.

It’s also pretty comfortable so you can wear it for hours.

The only downsides to the HTC Vive Pro are:

  • It requires a VR-capable PC
  • It’s pricey
  • It requires external tracking sensors to be set up on your walls

If you can look past these things, I highly recommend it!

Best Competitive Option: Oculus Rift S

The number #1 Beat Saber player in the world, Taichi, uses an Oculus Rift S.

Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset
  • Top VR gaming library: Blast, slash and soar your way through the top library in VR gaming. Oculus Rift S lets you play hundreds of games and exclusives already available in the Oculus store, with so much more to come.
  • Improved optics: Stare down the competition with next-generation lenses and a sharper display. Improved optics deliver bright, vivid colors and reduced “screen-door” effect.
  • Ergonomic design: keep your head in the game thanks to a Halo headband redesigned with speed in mind. Rift S stays securely and comfortably in place with a quick twist of the Fit wheel, so it can take-or double take-your fastest reactions.
  • Oculus touch controllers: arm yourself with our updated Oculus touch controllers. Your slashes, throws and grab appear in VR with intuitive, realistic Precision, transporting your hands and gestures right into the game.
  • Oculus insight tracking: take a step forward with Oculus insight. It translates your movements into VR No matter which way you're facing and provides room-scale tracking without external Sensors.

It’s similar to the Quest, except:

  • It’s got slightly better tracking than the Quest (which is only noticeable at really high levels).
  • It’s also way more comfortable than the Quest. In fact, the Rift S is one of the most comfortable headsets on the market.
  • It’s not wireless and requires a VR-ready PC.

If you’re looking for a good mid-range headset to get into VR and don’t care about wireless, the Rift S is a great choice. I recommend getting a cable management pulley system if you buy this headset.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get motion sickness from Beat Saber?

No, Beat Saber doesn’t cause motion sickness as there’s no artificial motion in the game. Other VR games might though.

Can the Oculus Quest/Rift S/HTC Vive play Steam games?

Yes they can.

What computer specs do I need to play VR?

If you’re getting the Oculus Quest, you don’t need a PC. For other headsets, you need a minimum GTX 1050 graphics card. I recommend at least a GTX 1080 though. For more information, check out our post about VR-ready computers.

Can the PSVR play Beat Saber?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it, because it can’t play custom songs.

Got any other questions? Email us at: hello@vrheaven.io and we’ll reply in 24 hours!

What About the Valve Index?

The Valve Index is great! But a bit of an overkill for Beat Saber. You also need a very powerful computer to run it.