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.
We usually recommend the Oculus Quest 2 or Quest 3 for birthdays as it's 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, many games to play. There’s no PC needed and no wires to worry about.
We've created a full page here on hiring Virtual Reality for a birthday party.
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 or Oculus Quest 2 are perfect. There’s little 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.
We can even set up the headsets so that when one guest takes it off and the next puts it on, your video will automatically play from the beginning.
For The Best Possible Experience
For a more interactive experience, the PC based headsets like Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro 2, or HP Reverb G2. 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 HP Reverb G2 offering easier setup (no external sensors needed), while the Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro 2 offering the most accurate tracking (via two external sensors, in opposite corners of your booth).
Oculus Quest 3 & Oculus Link Cable
The Quest 3 or Quest 2 are a breeze to use and play games as they doesn't require a PC. However if you would like to play PC VR games, we also rent the official 5 meter Oculus Link Cable for plugging into your PC so you can plug in when you want to launch a PC game.
Varjo Aero vs Pimax Crystal
Both the Varjo Aero and Pimax Crystal are incredibly high resolution headsets, and we've paired them both with the best tracking base stations and best controllers from the Valve Index. These are particularly ideal for simulation games such as racing sims or flight sims, but also high detail games like Half-Life Alyx.
We find the Varjo Aero is lighter, has a higher build quality and is much easier to install, while both headsets feature almost identical resolution and eye tracking. However the Pimax Crystal still wins when it comes to visaul quality, thanks to a QLED panel, vs the Mini LED panel of the Varjo Aero. Built-in headphones also is a nice touch with the Pimax Crystal, although the heavier weight and bulkier size make it hard to recommend for very active games or very long use without breaks.
Valve Index vs HTC Vive Pro 2
The Valve Index and HTC Vive Pro 2 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 7 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 2 offers a 169% higher resolution than the earlier Vive Pro, and we've packaged it with the ultimate VR controllers from the Valve Index.
The Valve Index has a similar resolution to the Vive Pro but offers a faster refresh rate for more powerful PCs to use, has high quality built-in spekaers that rest just beside your ears, more advanced controllers than the Vive Pro, and also has a solid head-strap.
HP Reverb G2
The HP Reverb G2 uses cameras built-in to track everything in 360 degrees, so no external sensors are needed, making it easier to setup than others.
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.
For flight simulators, racing simulators and VR architecture experiences, the high resolution of the HP Reverb G2 and HTC Vive Pro 2 headsets are impressive, although if you have a particularly high end PC, you can take things even further with a Varjo Aero or Pimax Crystal.
Setup wise, the Reverb G2 is the easiest, with the Varjo Aero not far behind, then the Vive Pro 2 and lastly the Pimax Crystal. Visually however, the Pimax Crystal with a stunning QLED panel looks the best, with the Varjo Aero looking just as sharp even though the contrast isn't quite as good. The Vive Pro 2 and Reverb G2 are also very sharp looking while being a bit more forgiving in terms of PC requirements.
If you tend to do very long races, flights or would be working all day in VR, we'd recommend the Varjo Aero over the Pimax Crystal because of its lighter 680g weight and superior comfort. Although the HP Reverb is even lighter again, at 544g. The Pimax Crystal comes in at roughly double that, 1100g. VR truly looks stunning through it, but that's very heavy for long sessions wearing it. Lastly the Vive Pro 2 comes in between them, at 850g.
Reason to choose the HP Reverb G2: The light weight makes it most suitable if you'll be in VR for many hours per session.
Reason to choose the HTC Vive Pro 2: You'll enjoy a higher resolution headset and better tracking is suitable for regular games too.
Reason to choose the Pimax Crystal: You want one of the absolute highest resolution headsets out there, to make the most of your powerful gaming PC, and your VR sessions won't be more than a couple of hours at a time.
Reason to choose the Varjo Aero: You want the clarity of the Pimax Crystal but would trade the extra contrast for better comfort and easier setup.
Need a Gaming PC?
If you do need a Gaming PC, we also rent those here.
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.
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 Quest 2, 3 and Pro, plus the 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 HP Reverb G2 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 Pro 2, Valve Index, Varjo Aero and Pimax Crystal 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 Go and Quest headsets comes first, followed by the HP Reverb G2, then the Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro 2 and Varjo Aero, with the Pimax Crystal for advanced users.
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 shouldn't 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 controllers for Quest 2 or Quest 3 last about 20 hours, and just take one AA battery per controller, plus we include spares!
The Valve Index controllers last at least 7 hours and recharge from your PC. These are the controllers included with our Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro 2, Varjo Aero and Pimax Crystal.
The HP Reverb G2 controllers last about 8 to 10 hours, and take two AA batteries per controller. A charger is also included with the rental for these batteries.