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 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, Oculus Rift S, 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 Oculus Rift S and HP Reverb offering easier setup (no external sensors needed), the Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro / Pro 2 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.
Oculus Quest 2 & Oculus Link Cable
The Oculus Quest 2 is a breeze to use and play offline games, as it 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.
Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro / Pro 2
The Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro 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 5 meters apart (or 7 meters for the Valve Index & Vive Pro 2). 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 original Vive, built-in headphones, plus a solid head-strap.
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.
Oculus Rift S
The Oculus Rift S uses five cameras built-in to the headset to track everything in 360 degrees, so no external sensors are needed, so it's easier to setup than the Vive and Index headsets. While it doesn't have built-in headphones, it does have speakers by your ear, and you can plug any standard headphones in. The resolution of the Vive Pro is 25% higher than the Oculus Rift S but because of the technology used in the screen (LCD vs OLED), the Rift S is actually clearer and appears sharper.
HP Reverb G2
The HP Reverb G2 also doesn't require any external sensors. The Reverb uses built-in cameras to calculate your position, and that of your controllers. The incredible resolution of the HP Reverb G2 is also twice as high as 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.
For flight simulators, racing simulators and VR architecture experiences, the incredibly high resolution of the HP Reverb G2 and HTC Vive Pro 2 headsets cannot be beat. The Reverb G2 has a super high resolution screen and is easy to use 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. The Vive Pro 2 does use external sensors but has an even sharper screen again and better tracking for the controllers.
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.
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 2 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 and 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 / Vive Pro, Valve Index 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 2 comes first, followed by the Oculus Rift S, HP Reverb G2, then the Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro / Pro 2.
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 Oculus headsets last about 20 hours, and just take one AA battery per controller (we include spares too!)
The controllers for HTC headsets last about 6 to 10 hours, and take about 2 hours to fully charge from flat
The Valve Index controllers last at least 7 hours and recharge from your PC
The HP Reverb G2 controllers last about 8 to 10 hours, and take two AA batteries per controller