The conventional virtual reality era has begun in 2016 with the launch of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Since then, both of them had undergone many upgrades and features enhancement processes. Finally, you can have high-end virtual reality system in your homes. Buying a desktop VR headset for your home is a big decision as they are highly expensive devices. Make sure you have a PC capable of plugging these high-end devices in; otherwise, we won’t recommend you to buy one.
Here we are going to compare both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive so that you can decide which one you want to invest in.
Oculus Rift and HTC Vive- Specs
As far as specs of both the headsets are concerned, they nearly have similar specifications. Both offer 110 degrees field of view with 1080×1200 resolutions per eye. Both of them works on Intel core i5-4590 or equivalent with compatible HDMI 1.3 video output. However, Oculus rift works on 8GB +Ram and HTC Vive needs 4GB+Ram to work on. Oculus Rift’s tracking area is 5×11 whereas HTC Vive tracking area is 15×15. So the only slight differences found between the specs of two are of sensors and of tracking area.
Oculus Rift and HTC Vive- Graphics and absorption
Both Rift and Oculus have two OLED displays that run at 1200 and 1080 pixels each so you won’t notice any considerable change between the resolutions of two. More or less, what you will see depend on the quality of your graphics cards and CPU. Both the headsets handle tracking is totally different. The HTC Vive has two base stations and a plethora of sensors located at its front, whereas rift use only one sensor that also rests on your desk. As far as object absorption is concerned, Vive really lets you go in the virtual world and touch the objects in real. On the other hand, rift depends on its bundled Xbox One controller.
Oculus Rift and HTC Vive- Design and comfort
Gone are the days when we used to wear heavyweight headsets. Now both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are quite sleek and lightweight. Oculus Rift is even more refined looking with compact design whereas and HTC Vive is also lightweight but it’s technically heavier than Oculus Rift at around 555g without headphones. Oculus Rift, on the other hand, is 470g
including headphones. The bigger and heavier design of HTC Vive also brings some advantages such as you can move the lenses forward and backward towards you face by using lens distance knob. Oculus Rift also have this option but there is no handy knob is available to support this feature.
Oculus Rift and HTC Vive- Price
Not to forget to mention the prices of both the headsets, Oculus Rift is way cheaper than HTC Vive. Oculus Rift is available for $400 whereas HTC Vive retails at $600.
While both the companies are continuously working to enhance the features of their devices, LG has also shown interest in HTC Vive for its game delivery and VR management. So we hope to have another competitor in the market soon.