Which To Choose?

With so many choices of headsets, we'll help you decide which is best for your use here.

Below are some common scenarios where our gear can help, then here we give a detailed comparison of the different equipment, such as how much floor space is required, where they work, what else is needed, how the tracking and screen resolution compare, and more.

An easier setup and something everyone can enjoy is priority here.

The Oculus Quest is a breeze to use; just turn it on, pop our included AA batteries into the controllers, and head into the VR. After quickly telling it where the boundary is (so you don’t go walking into things), choose from one of the many games to play. There’s no PC needed and no wires to worry about. And if you have Wi-Fi access, you can mirror what the headset can see to your mobile or tablet, or use our included Google Chromecast Ultra to show the action on a TV.

If you already own a PlayStation 4 games console, the PlayStation VR system is another great choice. It plugs into your console, everyone else can watch what’s happening on your TV (fantastic for keeping lots of kids entertained) and you can choose from a range of games. The included camera tracks the headset and the two included controllers, and we include instructions of how to plug everything in. Within 5 – 10 minutes you’ll be fully setup and running. Or if you don’t already own a PlayStation 4 games console, we rent one too, and all you need is a TV and some space in the room.

Lastly for the full PC experience, we’d recommend the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or Oculus Rift S. These options plug into a gaming PC (which we also rent if you need one) which then plugs into your TV, so everyone can watch what’s happening (again a great way to keep everyone else entertained). The tracking is superior to the PlayStation VR, and there’s a wider range of games made for the systems. The Oculus Rift S is ideal in that it’s very easy to setup, with no need to place sensors in the room. Our included AA batteries go into the controllers, the headset plugs into the PC, and built-in cameras track the surroundings to determine where you’re moving. Or the Oculus Rift requires setting up two sensors but has slightly more accurate tracking, while the HTC Vive has the gold standard of tracking but the setup requires a bit more time.

Will your PC work with VR?

By clicking on the product page of each headset, then looking under the heading "PC Requirements", there are simple free tools to download that will tell you if your PC will should with the headset or not. And if you do need a Gaming PC, we also rent those here.

If you'd like more detail to compare the options, please see our comparison of the equipment here, or of course do feel free to contact us.

VR is a fantastic way to grab attention and liven up an event. In many cases, there’s VR experiences that match your theme too.

Easy to Use VR for 360 Degree Videos & More

Especially if you have a 360-degree video in mind, the Oculus Go is perfect. There’s virtually no setup involved, and we can usually pre-load the video onto the headset prior to sending. Guests can use the gear either standing or sitting, and so they work even with small booths. We can also include headphones if the built-in ones won't be loud enough for your event too.

For The Best Possible Experience

For a more interactive experience, the PC based headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive provide an amazing VR experience, or for an even sharper picture on the headset, you could upgrade to a Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive Pro, Samsung Odyssey+ or HP Reverb. We rent the Gaming PCs too, with the software pre-installed ready to go, and can help you rent TVs if needed. Having a big TV where people can see what’s happening is a great draw to your booth.

Each headset has its own benefits, such as the Oculus Rift S, HP Reverb and Samsung Odyssey+ offering easier setup (no external sensors needed), the HTC Vive & Vive Pro offering the most accurate tracking (via two external sensors, in opposite corners of your booth), and the Oculus Rift being a fantastic all-round set.

Please see our detailed comparison of the equipment here, or of course we can help you choose VR experiences and the gear to fit your requirements. Do feel free to contact us to enquire what we might recommend for your event.

When it comes to the best gaming options, PC based headsets just cannot be beat.

HTC Vive & Vive Pro

The HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro offer the best 360-degree tracking, with two base stations placed above head height (we include clamps and also rent light stands) in opposite corners of your space, up to 5 meters apart. The headset and controllers talk to the base stations to calculate the most accurate position of all the VR headsets.

The Vive Pro offers a 78% higher resolution than the regular Vive, built-in headphones, plus a solid head-strap.

Oculus Rift & Oculus Rift S

The Oculus Rift uses two sensors that sit in front of you (either side of your TV) to track the position of your headset and controllers, and that works very well. The built-in headphones are a nice touch over the regular HTC Vive too. If you do intend to face the opposite direction however (e.g. 360 degree games), that's where the HTC Vive tracking bests the Rift. The Oculus Rift S uses five cameras built-in to the headset to track everything in 360 degrees, so no external sensors are needed, and it has a higher resolution the regular Oculus Rift.

HP Reverb & Samsung Odyssey+

The HP Reverb and Samsung Odyssey+ also don't require any external sensors, they use built-in cameras to calculate your position, and that of your controllers. The resolution of the Samsung is also as high as that of the Vive Pro, but an added filter on top means it's even harder to see the pixels, while the resolution of the HP Reverb is an amazing double that of the Vive Pro!

Need a Gaming PC?

By clicking on the product page of each headset, then looking under the heading "PC Requirements", there are simple free tools to download that will tell you if your PC will should with the headset or not. And if you do need a Gaming PC, we also rent those here.

If you'd like more detail to compare the options, please see our comparison of the equipment here, or of course do feel free to contact us.

For flight simulators, racing simulators and VR architecture experiences, the incredibly high resolution of the HP Reverb cannot be beat. It's twice the resolution of the HTC Vive Pro / Samsung Odyssey+, and super easy to use too, with no external sensors to be setup. Instead it uses built-in cameras on the headset to calculate your position and that of your controllers.

Need a Gaming PC?

If you do need a Gaming PC, we also rent those here.

If you'd like more detail to compare the options, please see our comparison of the equipment here, or of course do feel free to contact us.



Commonly Asked Questions

How long have you been in business?

I began renting the original Oculus Rift development kit back in August of 2013, and as far as I can tell, started the world's first virtual reality rental business.

Where are you based?

Just outside of Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand. Unfortunately I cannot offer a pick-up / drop-off option however, as I don't have a store front, and work a regular day job in addition to this business.

Do you rent for overseas?

Occasionally yes for NZ based businesses who need to use VR overseas. My gear has been used in the US, UK, and Australia. Please contact us to discuss what you might need.

Do you do long term rentals?

I do yes, in fact our longest to date is three years. This is just for businesses, but please contact me to discuss what you might need and I'd be happy to provide quotes.

I’m not computer savvy, can I still set this gear up?

The Oculus Quest or Oculus Go are great choices as there’s no PC, no TV, no wires to connect or such. However, a large number of our business customers would describe themselves as not very PC savvy, and it’s rare to have issues setting up or using the gear. In our PDF instructions, we also include troubleshooting guides.

Setup of some other headsets we rent, including Oculus Rift S, HP Reverb and Samsung Odyssey+ usually just involves plugging everything into the PC, plugging the PC into your TV or monitor, then running VR software by clicking an icon on the desktop. They’ll be a prompt for you to setup the equipment, and step by step on-screen instructions. Other headsets we rent such as the HTC Vive / Vive Pro and regular Oculus Rift, do require a little more setup as they use external sensors.

With business events especially, we strongly recommend having the gear arrive several days before the event, so you have plenty of time to try the setup in advance, and get to know how to use the VR headset and controllers.

Ranking our equipment in terms of ease of use, the Oculus Go & Oculus Quest comes first, followed by the Oculus Rift S, Samsung Odyssey+, HP Reverb and PlayStation VR, then the Oculus Rift, then the HTC Vive / HTC Vive Pro.

Who can safely use VR?

Pretty much anyone, young to old. The minimum we recommend is around seven years old, which is what a major set of VR arcades state. In part, that’s because the headset may not sit so securely on smaller younger heads. Buying a VR headset not usually recommended for children to use regularly, because their eyes are still developing and if they spend such a long time with a screen so close to their eyes, that could affect their development. However, the amount of time spent on a rental is a fraction of time spent when people own the gear, so generally it’s regarded as perfectly safe to use in small amounts.

What about glasses?

People wearing glasses may not need them in VR. But, they can use them if they put the glasses into the headset first, then put the headset on. Bifocals or progressive lenses cannot be used with a VR headset, as the two different views at once would cause motion sickness.

Can you develop VR experiences for our company?

Unfortunately that's not something I can do personally but please contact me to discuss and I can put you in touch with trusted companies who can.

How long do the controller batteries last?

The HTC Vive / Vive Pro controllers last about 6 to 10 hours, and take about 2 hours to fully charge from flat

The Oculus Rift / Oculus Rift S controllers last about 20 hours, and just take one AA battery per controller (we include spares too!)

The Samsung Odyssey+ / HP Reverb controllers last about 8 to 10 hours, and take two AA batteries per controller

The PlayStation VR controllers last about 8, and take up to 4 hours to fully charge from flat



VR Equipment Comparison