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VR vs FPV – Which Drone Headset Is Best For You? Pros vs. Cons




Vs vs FPV

Racing Quads = FPV. Consumer Drones = VR

FPV or VR headset is what you need if you are looking to experience some immersive views with your drone, but which one is better? Well, depending on your intentions, a simple VR headset is usually sufficient enough for most cases, especially if you are only flying a DJI product. There are still some pros and cons to both. For the price difference and capabilities between the two, a VR headset is going to be the best bang for your buck unless you need FPV for real time quadcopter racing.

FPV Pros And Cons

FPV Fatshark MSRP

FPV Fatshark MSRP: $349.99

One major pro an FPV headset has over any VR headset is its low latency; there is little to no lag when coupled with an HDMI cable.

The screen is usually cleaner, and the image quality is overall superior. You can also change settings easily because FPV goggles are separate from your phone or R/C.

If you have a Yuneec or an Autel X-Star, then you can use a tablet with an HDMI output like a Nvidia Shield K1 and connect it to any FPV goggle with an HDMI input.

Nvidia's HDMI Output Tablet MSRP

Nvidia’s HDMI Output Tablet MSRP

The batteries and the overall costs are the usual cons for FPV headsets. Some require an additional battery because they usually don’t last that long.

If you have a DJI product, then users may also need to purchase a separate HDMI module to make it compatible with the R/C unless you have something like a Nvidia Shield to couple it with.

These types of headsets were designed for fast paced drones that travel nearly double the speed of most consumer products, so you don’t truly need the lower latency this offers. The overall size of most FPV headsets is often a burden to carry around, especially if you have a Headplay. The FatSharks are an exception because of its size, but the costs of one can run you about $400+ USD. If you can justify these cons, then an FPV headset might be right for you.

VR Pros And Cons

VR Headset MSRP

VR Headset MSRP: $20

“Plug and play” is basically the motto that represents a VR Headset. All you have to do is purchase a 3rd party app like Litchi if you have a DJI product, get a fairly low costing VR headset and use your phone as the screen. You can easily pick up one up for about $20 USD, and Litchi, or other similar 3rd party apps, will only cost you around $25 USD depending on what device you get it on.

The price is a major pro! Another great factor is its ability to head track. VR capable apps take advantage of a phone’s built-in accelerometer and allow users to make the drone camera look up and down in accord with the pilots’ view, and some apps even take it further by giving you full 360° control.

VR 360° Control

VR 360° Control

Apps that split the phone screen into two smaller screens in VR mode can usually lower the overall screen quality. The details may be lacking compared to a dedicated FPV headset running an HDMI input. Yuneec doesn’t allow 3rd party apps. You’ll have to settle with their Skyview headsets. Most 3rd party apps won’t permit you to change any settings unless you painstakingly pop the phone out of the headset. Running a 3rd party app can also void your warranty with DJI.
If ever a crash happens and DJI finds out that it got wrecked outside of their supported app, then they have the right to refuse warranty.

So Which One Is Right For You?

Go with FPV If you need to go racing or dodge trees on the go because it offers low lag. If you are looking for a similar experience with head tracking for only a fraction of the cost, then go with a VR headset. If you have the option to choose, a VR headset will still be the best choice because of the similar experience that they both offer isn’t justified by the enormous price gap.

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