After two developer kits of Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift have been released, the consumer version of the Samsung Gear VR has finally arrived, while the Oculus Rift fans will need to wait a little longer. Today we’re going to talk about these two virtual reality devices and let you decide which one suits your needs better.
Displays Types & Resolutions
The Gear VR comes with higher per-eye resolution, but there will be no noticeable downgrade in visual clarity on the Oculus Rift. And let’s not forget that the Oculus Rift will connect to a computer, which can support much richer visual images than the Gear VR.
When it comes to the display types, the Gear VR is using the SUPER AMOLED technology, while the Oculus Rift has an OLED screen.
First of all, the Samsung Gear VR works only with a Samsung Galaxy handset such as: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+. On the other hand, the Oculus Rift is connected to PC that runs on Windows 7 or later.
The Gear VR is “powered” by a smartphone, which means that you will not need any wires. On the other hand, the Oculus Rift will need to be connected via an USB cable to the computer.
Oculus Rift comes with optical sensor (camera) that plugs into your computer. This way, it detects the headset’s position in space, when you will lean forward or crouch down, you will do the same in the virtual world. Unfortunately, this feature is not available for Samsung’s Gear VR device.
In order to use a gamepad on the Gear VR, you will firstly need to purchase it. You can purchase a good one, such as the Steelseries Stratus XL at a price of around 60 dollars or if you’re short on cash, you can go with the Moga Hero Power that can be found at around 30 dollars. On the other hand, the Oculus Rift comes with a wireless Xbox One gamepad in the box.
You will need to plug-in your own headphones to your Gear VR or else you will hear the phone’s speaker. However, the Oculus Rift has built-in headphones with spatial audio, which means that if an explosion will happen somewhere behind you, to your right, it will sound like it’s coming from behind you to your right.