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HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. PlayStation VR Headset: Which One Suits You Best?

HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift

Despite what naysayers have to say about the current state of VR, the truth is that virtual reality is already here to stay in many forms which most people cannot even comprehend now. The VR revolution is well underway, and is spearheaded by VR Headsets of all forms, sizes, and belonging to separate price points. VR Headsets, in their own way, are the closest to achieving the dream that virtual reality as a technology has been trying to sell over the past few years.

Today, most people already have heard about Oculus Rift, the poster child of VR as we know it. Chief amongst its contenders are HTC Vive, Samsung VR, Sony's PlayStation VR, etc. Although the jury is still out on whether these VR headsets will be successful or not (most of them haven't even been released at the time of writing this article!), it is clear that by the end of the year, the world of virtual reality is going to see sweeping changes because of the way people accept, or reject these headsets. In this article, we will compare some of the more important features of these VR headsets, and help you choose whatever suits your personal interests the best.

HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. PlayStation VR: How They Stack Up

HTC Vive
Oculus Rift
PlayStation VR
Price
HTC Vive
~$799
Oculus Rift
~$599
PlayStation VR
$460
In the Box
HTC Vive
Headset, 2 motion trackers, ear buds, 2 wireless controllers, cables
Oculus Rift
Headset, motion tracker, Xbox one controller, remote, 2 games, cables
PlayStation VR
Headset, processor unit, camera, ear buds, 2 PS move controllers, 1 game, cables
Release Date
HTC Vive
4/5/2016
Oculus Rift
3/28/2016
PlayStation VR
10/1/2016
Display Type
HTC Vive
OLED
Oculus Rift
AMOLED
PlayStation VR
OLED
Resolution
HTC Vive
2160x1200
Oculus Rift
1200x1080 (per eye)
PlayStation VR
1920x1080
Field of View
HTC Vive
110
Oculus Rift
110
PlayStation VR
100
Weight
HTC Vive
1.21 lbs.
Oculus Rift
1.03 lbs.
PlayStation VR
1.34 lbs.
OS
HTC Vive
Windows 7 or newer
Oculus Rift
Windows 7 or newer
PlayStation VR
PlayStation 4
Connectivity
HTC Vive
HDMI, 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
Oculus Rift
HDMI, 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
PlayStation VR
HDMI, USB, Separate Processor Unit
Camera Pass-through
HTC Vive
Yes
Oculus Rift
No
PlayStation VR
No
Controllers
HTC Vive
Wireless Controllers
Oculus Rift
Xbox One Wireless Controller
PlayStation VR
PS4 Wireless Controller
Refresh Rate (lower is better)
HTC Vive
90Hz
Oculus Rift
90Hz
PlayStation VR
120Hz, 90Hz
Sensors
HTC Vive
More than 70 sensors including MEMS Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Laser Position Sensors
Oculus Rift
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Constellation Array
PlayStation VR
Depth sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer

How to Choose Between the Three?

There is no doubt about the strong competition which Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive vs. PlayStation VR offers. Arguably the most famous of the VR headsets, Oculus Rift, a product by Oculus VR and currently owned by Facebook, is the first real VR headset which went into development on the backs of Kickstarter funding. Therefore most people would agree that in such a nascent field, Oculus definitely has the biggest chops when it comes to experience and the ability to deliver on their promise.

At the same time, PS VR is no slouch either, as they are attracting a large user base consisting of PS4 owners who are especially interested in gaming. HTC Vive is also continuously chopping at the heels of oculus by promising to release a really high-quality device without any visible downsides.

So the question begets, which device is for you? We have created a handy table for you to make up your mind -

Parameters
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR
Parameters
Are you a PC Gamer?
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR
Parameters
Do you have a budget to splurge?
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR
Parameters
Would you prefer a general VR experience on PS4?
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR
Parameters
Is Audio, along with externally placed speakers important for you?
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR
Parameters
Do you want a lot of social features?
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR
Parameters
Do you have limited space for your VR experience?
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR
Parameters
Are you looking for a complete VR experience minus any caveats?
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR

Hopefully the above checklist can help you determine which VR headset suits you best. But at the end of the day, an important thing to remember is that whichever device customers decide to choose, VR will always improve, and with time, as the price associated with VR technology go down, more consumers will be able to afford such VR headsets.

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