HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift- Get The Details Here

The Oculus Rift was ground-breaking when Palmer Luckey and John Carmack at E3 in 2012. The device gave users what was the first tangible, good-quality virtual reality experience that could be affordable, and the two launched a new genre of entertainment. In the years since, many groups have jumped on the VR bandwagon, looking to cut away a piece of the market.

HTC is one of those companies. The Taiwan based company revealed their Vive headset in 2014, promising the best VR experience available. Both HTC and Oculus have released their headsets into the wild, and we thought we’d take a look and compare the two devices in order to show you where they are strongest and weakest.

Tale of the Tape

HTC Vive Specs

The specs for the HTC Vive are as follows:

  • Graphics: 5.7” LED display with 2160×1200 resolution (1080×1200 per eye) at 90Hz
  • Weight: 555 grams
  • Field of View: 110 Degrees
  • Sound: Stereo through a 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Price: $799 all inclusive, with controllers and sensors in the bundle

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The specs for the Oculus Rift are as follows:

  • Graphics: 5.7” LED display with 2160×1200 resolution (1080×1200 per eye) at 90Hz
  • Weight: 470 grams
  • Field of View: 110 Degrees
  • Sound: 3D surround sound audio through integrated headphones
  • Price: $599, which includes Xbox One controller and all required sensors

Comparing Fit and Feel

The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are very similar in how they’re designed and how they feel. Both are made of plastic, and only have about 85 grams of difference in weight between them. Both are high-quality items that feel sturdy, although comfort for both of these devices is lagging behind the PlayStation VR, which is the heaviest, yet provides the best long-term gaming experience.

One thing that should be mentioned though is the fact the Oculus Rift comes with AND supports 3D audio headsets. This lets you hear sound from all directions, and really can help sell the VR immersion we all crave. Unfortunately, the HTC Vive does not support this, with only stereo sound from a 3.5 mm headphone jack coming in.

Comparing the Price

The price of both of these headsets is quite high, with the Oculus Rift coming in at $599, while the HTC Vive comes in at $799, a whopping $200 more than the Rift. The Oculus was designed with those sitting in chairs in mind, while the HTC Vive has a full room sensor for its equipment, meaning you can get up and move around pretty well with some of the games. That movement comes with the higher priced sensors and controls, which inflate the cost.

For it’s part the Rift comes with sensors to track movement, while also giving us an Xbox One controller, which is one of the best we’ve seen.

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Both of these headsets require heavy duty PC gaming rigs in order to power them. A good quality computer capable of handling these headsets and games will run you about $1,000. You can get cheaper models, but remember the saying, “You get what you pay for’… that holds especially true when it comes to gaming PCs.

Conclusion

There is a lot to like when it comes to both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Both are very similar in their specs, with the Rift excelling in sound while the Vive excels in motion tracking and movement experiences. The equipment needed to run both is a consideration you’ll need to make, but I’d say if you have a bigger gaming space to get the Vive, but if you have a smaller space or like to sit to play, the Rift may be more your style.

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