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AR/VR/MR/XR Community of Practice: Devices & Technology

This guide is a tool for locating educational resources and other general information to support the Community of Practice in AR/VR/MR/XR at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Last Updated: May 17, 2023 12:40 PM


This page provides information, pricing,* and links to various types of virtual reality technology, including VR headsets, 360 cameras, video editing software, and additional resources.

*Please note: prices are approximate and subject to change.

User Devices


Oculus Quest 2 ($330 - $400)

  • Requires Facebook integration

HP Reverb G2 ($600)

Gear VR ($170)

  • Compatible with Samsung phones only


Oculus Rift S ($400)

  • Facebook is discontinuing

HTC Vive Cosmos ($700)

Valve Index ($750)

  • Requires room sensors

Content Creation

360 Cameras:

Insta360 One X2 ($450)

  • Pros: Includes steadycam software, excellent color and detail, AI editing included
  • Cons: Editing software takes time and patience to master, requires relatively new phone to run app

Insta360 One X ($550)

  • Pros: Very small (slim enough to fit in shirt pocket), excellent video quality, excellent video stabilization, app offers advanced video editing and subject tracking, 60 minute battery life

GoPro Max ($500)

  • Pros: Easy to use, can edit with included app, good quality capture and mics, waterproof without a case
  • Cons: Not 4k

Kandao QooCam 8K 360 ($600)

  • Pros: Steadycam software, excellent image quality, detail, sharpness and smoothness of video,
  • Cons: Loud fan, short battery life

Vuze XR ($400)

  • Pros: Dual cameras allow 360 and 180 degree photos and video, excellent footage quality, simple app allows for editing and live broadcasting

Video Editing

Additional Resources

Merge Cubes ($20 each)

Mask Covers (must be compatible with your headset):

Antiseptic Alcohol Swabs ($5/300)


Roberta (Robin) Sullivan
Teaching & Learning Strategist
University Libraries
Lockwood 229