HTC Vive Vs Oculus rift Vs Playstation VR Full Comparison
Now that the launch window and price point of PlayStation VR has been announced, the cost of entry and release date for each big contender in VR gaming has been revealed. With each headset embracing its own unique approach to VR interactivity and hardware, consumers have a tough decision ahead if they’re looking to become early adopters of the technology. To help you compare and contrast the differences between each headset, we’ve compiled their respective prices, specs, and bundled software.
Which VR Headset is Right for You?
Oculus Rift — $600
The Oculus Rift is a $600 headset that only works for PC. It comes with an Xbox One controller, a sensor, and free copies of Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale. The headset features both head tracking and controller tracking, and supports a wide variety of games through the Oculus Home software distribution platform. It’s worth noting that some games are available on other software platforms as well.
- Resolution: 2160 x 1200
- Refresh Rate: 90 Hz / eye display
- Field of View: Approx. 110 degrees
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, external Constellation tracking sensor array
- Connections: HDMI 1.3 output, three USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 2.0 port
- Audio: Built-in headphones and mic, 3D audio
- Input: Oculus Touch, Xbox One controller (included)
- Platform: Oculus Home
- Release Date: March 28, 2016 (Currently back-ordered. Orders made today are expected to arrive in June.)
- Eve: Valkyrie
- Lucky’s Tale
Recommended PC Specs
The Oculus Rift requires a dedicated gaming PC platform. Below are the required specs.
- Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
- Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB+ RAM
- Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output (required)
- 2x USB 3.0 ports (required)
- Windows 7 SP1 or newer (required)
PlayStation VR — $400
Of the three new VR headsets releasing this year, PlayStation VR is launching the latest and only works for the PS4. It supports head tracking, controller tracking, and mobility tracking. The headset can also be used as a second screen to play non-VR games and watch movies.
PlayStation VR’s base package only comes with the headset, a processing unit, and all the necessary connection cables. Its other accessories–the PlayStation Camera (required) and Move controllers–must be purchased separately. Fortunately, Sony hasconfirmed that a bundle including both accessories will be available in North American regions. PlayStation VR users will be able to download The Playroom VR as a free download at launch.
- Resolution: 1920cRGBx1080
- Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, 90 Hz
- Field of View: Approx. 100 degrees
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, PlayStation Eye tracking system
- Connections: HDMI + USB
- Audio: 3D audio
- Input: PlayStation Move, DualShock 4 controller
- Platform: PlayStation 4
- Release Date: October 2016
- The Playroom VR
HTC Vive — $800
The HTC Vive takes a different approach from its competitors. In addition to offering seated VR experiences, Vive actively encourages the user to stand up and move around. It’s equipped with IR emitters that allow a wide range of physical movement, and a a front-facing camera allows you to see the real world around you, thus avoiding non-VR collisions with solid objects. The package comes with the headset, two wireless motion controllers, two base stations, a link box to connect to your PC, and a pair of Vive earbuds. It only works for the PC.
- Resolution: 2160 x 1200
- Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
- Field of View: 110 degrees
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, laser position sensor, front-facing camera
- Connections: HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
- Audio: Built-in audio, built-in mic
- Input: Dual Steam VR Controllers
- Platform: Steam VR
- Release Date: April 2016
- Job Simulator
- Fantastic Contraption
Which VR headset are you going to purchase? Let me in know in the comments below.
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