If you have been using VR Headsets or planning to buy one, there is a question that comes to your mind. Are VR Headsets Waterproof ?
Most of the VR Headsets are designed to be waterproof. VR Headsets have sensors and an electronic circuit, so it is prone to be damaged by water and moisture. But, some VR Headsets like DIVR VR are specially designed to be used in water.
In this post, you will get to know Are VR Headsets Waterproof ? You will come to know the list of Waterproof VR Headsets and the headsets that are not waterproof.
How VR Headsets Waterproof is calculated?
To know a VR headsets waterproof IP rating is used. In the next section, we will explain about IP Rating and how it can be used to see which headset is waterproof and which is not.
Is Water Proof and Sweat Proof the same thing? We will try to explain the subsection.
You have seen many electronic devices, especially mobile phones where it is mentioned that the mobile is IP67, IP68, IPX8, IP53, certified etc. But what does it mean? We will try to explain below.
Ingress Protection Rating or IP Rating is a way to know the degree of protection of an electronic device from liquid and solid. IP rating is written as below
The 1st number refers to the ingress of solid, especially dust particles. How the electronic device is protected against dust particles. The number ranges from 1 to 6. 1 is lowest and 6 is the highest. 6 means no dust particles can enter your device.
The 2nd number refers to the ingress of liquid. It ranges from 1 to 8. 1 being the lowest and 8 the highest. 8 means water cannot enter your device.
So, IP68 is the highest level of IP rating and IP11 is the lowest level. IPX8 means only liquid protection.
Water Proof Vs Sweat Proof in VR Headset
A VR headset is waterproof when it can be fully immersed for some time. When an device is IP68 rating, they are water resistant in fresh water upto a maximum depth of 1.5 meters and for 30 minutes.
Any device that is resistant to sweat is called sweatproof. The device may not get wet from sweat or don’t get damaged from sweat.
Is there a waterproof VR Headset?
Yes, there are waterproof VR Headsets. Some of the VR Headsets are specially designed to be used in water like DIVR VR, VRSlide, etc. Most of the popular VR Headsets available come with an IP Rating.
List of Waterproof VR Headsets
There are some VR headsets that are specially designed to be used for water. Some of them are listed below.
- Ballast DIVR VR Headset
- Ballast VRSlide
- Pico VR (only for PU Face Mask)
List of Non-Waterproof VR Headset
Most of the VR headset is not waterproof but all of them are sweatproof. The VR headsets that are not waterproof are listed below.
- Meta Quest Pro
- Meta Quest 2
- HTC Vive Headsets (Vive XR Elite, Vive Flow, Vive Focus 3, Vive Focus Plus., Vive Pro 2)
- Pico VR Headset( Pico 4, Pico 4 Enterprise, Pico Neo 3 Link, Pico Neo 3 Pro, Pico G3)
- Valve Index
- Pimax VR Headset (Pimax Crystal, Pimax 8KX DMAS, Pimax 8K PLUS, Pimax OUTLET ,8K X Pimax 12k)
- Apple Vision Pro
- Sony PS VR
- Sony PS VR2
- HP Reverab G2
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are Oculus Quest 2 Waterproof?
Oculus Quest 2 is not waterproof. In the Oculus Quest 2 product information page under safe handling and storage, it is advised not to allow Oculus Quest to come in contact with water.
The Oculus Quest 2 is sweat proof.
What to do if Oculus Quest 2 gets wet?
Since Oculus Quest 2 is not IP rated. If this headset is exposed to prolonged water, it will get damaged. But if it is got wet for a short duration, you can do the following.
If your Oculus Quest 2 gets wet, you should vacuum dry the headset and place it in good ventilation. The lens should be wiped with only with a soft, dry cloth made specifically for cleaning lenses
Will sweat ruin my Oculus Quest 2?
No, Oculus Quest 2 is sweatproof. But in due course of time, the sweat proof ability of the VR headset is reduced drastically.
Answering the question Are VR headsets waterproof? Most VR headsets are not waterproof. But some VR headsets are specially made for using in Water like DIVR VR and SlideVR.
We have explained the concept of IP rating that is used to measure the water proof in any electronic device. Then we have listed Vr headset that are waterproof and which are not.