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Cordless vs corded VR goggles -
What you need to know

If you look into the different model of VR glasses, you will find corded models like the HP Reverb or the Valve Index, as well as cordless stand-alone models like the Meta Quest or the Pico 4 on the market.

Are cordless models outdated or do they still have their uses compared to cordless VR headsets?

In fact, all VR glasses of older generations have been corded. Meta earlier Facebook no longer even offers corded VR glasses in their product portfolio.


Cordless VR goggles offer several advantages over corded goggles, including.

    • Freedom of movement: Since cordless VR goggles have no cables, users can move freely around a room without worrying about tripping over the cable or getting it tangled as they move around.


    • Comfort: Cordless VR glasses are usually lighter than corded glasses, which makes them more comfortable to wear. In addition, the lack of cords hanging down from the glasses does not cause any uncomfortable pulling or pushing on the user's head.


    • Easy setup: Cordless VR glasses generally require less setup than corded glasses. They don't need to be connected to a computer or console, which saves time and effort.


    • Portability: Cordless VR glasses are easier to carry than corded glasses. They can be easily stowed in a bag or backpack, making them ideal for use on the go.



Overall, cordless VR glasses offer a more comfortable and flexible VR experience than corded glasses, especially when it comes to interacting in an immersive environment.


Some advantages of corded VR glasses compared to cordless VR glasses are:

    • No battery problems: Corded VR glasses do not need batteries or rechargeable batteries because they draw their energy directly from the cable. In contrast, cordless VR glasses have to be recharged and can run out of power faster during longer use.


    • Lower latency: Corded VR glasses typically have lower latency than cordless glasses. Further, they support higher frame rates than mobile glasses. Latency refers to the delay between a user action and the VR glasses' response. Lower latency results in a smoother and more realistic VR experience.



Mobile VR glasses optional cable - the royal road.

There are VR glasses on the market that can work both cordless and wired. These types of glasses offer the advantages of both cordless and wired VR glasses. The Meta Quest 2 and the Pico Neo 3 and Pico 4 belong to this category. For these glasses, you can buy a so-called "link" cable as an accessory, which connects the glasses to the PC and lets the glasses act like corded glasses.

If a wireless connection is not possible or not desired, the VR goggles can simply be connected to the computer or other source via a cable. This provides a more stable and reliable connection, which may be required for demanding VR applications, such as graphics-hungry PC games or simulations.

However, on the other hand, the cables can be an obstacle to the user's freedom of movement and restrict them when playing or exploring. With the ability to choose between cordless and wired use, users can get the best of both worlds and choose the option that works best for them.

Overall, VR goggles, which can be cordless or wired, offer greater flexibility and versatility in the use of VR technology.


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