The most used application of virtual reality headsets is viewing 360 video, either streaming or locally downloaded files. This type of content does not require the same computing power that games use. The most important requirements are a high quality screen and ease-of-use. Fortunately some lower end headsets are able to display a high resolution image at an affordable price. 

In VR headset kiosk mode any (Android based) virtual reality headset can be turned into a device that everyone can use. Even audiences that have never used this technology before. Here are the four best VR headsets for 360 currently available.

How does VR headset kiosk mode work?

Most standalone virtual reality headsets are Android based, with a custom ‘skin’ that will vary depending on the brand. In that regard, these devices are very similar to Android smartphones. This operating system allows ‘sideloading’, which allows loading custom software to the system. For instance a video gallery interface, or a ‘kiosk mode for VR applications’.

By using a VR headset in kiosk mode you can hand the device over to someone who can operate the device autonomously. This a great feature for events and marketing using a ‘hands off’ approach to virtual reality technology.

The best VR headsets for 360 video

One great advantage of using virtual reality kiosk mode is the relatively low strain on the device. This means you can use one of the cheaper headsets that are commercially available. Of course there are some devices that are more suitable than others. Here are our five favorite picks for use with VR headset kiosk mode:

2. Samsung Gear VR

In broad terms the Samsung Gear VR is a more advanced Cardboard, this time using a plastic shell and a high-end Samsung smartphone. For several years the Gear VR set the standard for a VR headset in kiosk mode.

New standalone devices have since surpassed this innovative solution. The image quality depends on the hardware used, although even the lower end options offer a very good resolution and color reproduction.

3. Oculus Go

This device is basically a Gear VR without the phone. This time all the required hardware is on-board, making the Go a product that’s easy to use and more affordable compared to a Gear VR shell and a Samsung smartphone. Circumventing the standard system to use in VR headset kiosk mode can prove to be a bit cumbersome, but it’s definitely possible.

The Go has become the most popular alternative to the Gear VR, even if the parent company Facebook pretends this feature doesn’t exist. The screen resolution is 2560×1440, the device memory is not expandable.

4. Pico G2 4K

This is a lesser known device, but the easy installation of a VR headset kiosk mode makes it a popular choice for business use. The regular G2 already offers a crisp 2880×1600 image, the 4K version offers an amazing 3840×2160 resolution.

This comes with a higher price tag, but the complete package including removable foam pads and expandable memory makes this a wonderful option for professionals.

5. Lenovo Mirage

Last but not least is the Lenovo Mirage, that offers a sharp image quality with a 2560×1440 resolution. The quality can be compared to the Oculus Go, this device is a bit easier to configure which makes it more suitable for kiosk applications.

However, the purchase price is considerably higher compared to the Oculus Go because of the better movement tracking. Unfortunately that particular function is not used for 360 video.

As you can see there are plenty of options for a headset with 360 degree video kiosk mode, contact your supplier for more information.