Where to buy a used VR headset
Best answer: Swappa is the best place to buy a used PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, or Google Daydream View. Every listing has to go through an approval process to make sure it works and isn't damaged. Even the prices and fees are better than what you would see on competing sites like eBay or Craigslist.
- Swappa: PlayStation VR ($270+)
- Swappa: Oculus Go ($210+)
- Swappa: Google Daydream View ($50+)
What is Swappa?
Swappa is a user-to-user marketplace for phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, video games, watches, and home tech. This site doesn't charge the sellers a fee to list a product but as a buyer you may experience a small fee when purchasing one. These fees are less than what eBay charges and always included in the listing price.
Swappa does not allow broken or damaged products on their site. Unlike sites like eBay or Craigslist, each product has to go through an extensive approval process to protect the safety of the buyers. Have confidence knowing that if a damaged product is delivered to you that the site has a fantastic support team to help solve your problems in no time.
What do I need to own these headsets?
Jumping into the world of virtual reality is an absolutely thrilling experience. Putting on a VR headset to see a game from a first-person perspective is not only life-changing but incredibly fun. That being said, the first thing you want to do is make sure you have everything required to use the VR headset that you're interested in buying.
You need a PlayStation 4 to use a PlayStation VR (PSVR). The most important thing you'll need is at least 6 feet of play space to work with. To see more tips and tricks check out our Ultimate Guide for owning a PlayStation VR.
You don't need a console, phone, or computer to use the Oculus Go. This headset only supports 3 degrees of freedom (3DoF) so you don't need that much space either. 3DoF means you can't walk around with the headset on. All of the games and experiences are played standing in place or sitting down. To see more tips and tricks check out our Ultimate Guide for owning an Oculus Go.
Google Daydream View
The Google Daydream View requires a compatible phone to use. All of the phones that work with this headset are strictly Android. If you're an iPhone user you will need access to an Android phone in order to use it. This headset supports 3 degrees of freedom (3DoF) so you don't need any walking space. All of the games and experiences are played standing in place or sitting down. To see more tips and tricks check out our Ultimate Guide for owning a Google Daydream View.
Fit for family
Each bundle should come with a headset, 2 Move controllers, and the PlayStation Camera. If the bundle does not include any of those you'll need to buy them elsewhere to use the PlayStation VR.
The standalone headset
This headset comes with either 32GB or 64GB of memory. Check the listing for which edition you are buying and make sure it comes with the headset and the controller. You will need both to use the Oculus Go.
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Best budget option
The easiest start
Google Daydream is the easiest way to get into virtual reality. All you need is an Android phone and a Daydream controller to get the party started. If the controller is not mentioned in the description of the product you'll need to buy it elsewhere to use the Google Daydream.
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Essa Kidwell is an expert in all things VR and mobile devices who can always be found with an Oculus Go, a Pixel 2, and an iPhone 7+. They've been taking things apart just to put them back together for quite some time. If you've got a troubleshooting issue with any of your tech, they're the one you want to go to! Find them on Twitter @OriginalSluggo or Instagram @CosmeticChronus.