This spring, Oculus and HTC will release their first Virtual Reality headsets, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, after preorders were open in January. If you haven’t decided which device to buy once it reaches the market, then maybe this comparison will help you determine which VR headset suits your needs better.
The two VR devices have in common an OLED display supporting the same 2,160×1,200 resolution (1,080×1,200 per eye) supporting a fresh rate of 90Hz and a field of view of 110 degrees. There’s a built-in mic on each headset and HTC promised that it will add integrated headphones to its Vive, just like Oculus did with its Rift. While the tracking area of the Oculus Rift is 5×11 feet, the HTC Vive supports 15×15 feet. As for the platforms, the Rift presents content with Oculus Home, while the Vive comes with SteamVR.
Both devices will be coupled with a computer with high end specs, as follows: an Intel i5-4590 processor with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon R9 290 GPU, or AMD FX 8350 for the HTC Vive. Also, the Oculus Rift requires 8 GB of RAM, while the HTC Vive needs half of RAM capacity in order to work. Moving onto USB ports, the Rift needs three USB 3.0 ports, while the Vive requires one USB 2.0. Other requirements: HDMI 1.4 or a DisplayPort 1.2 video output for the Vive and HDMI 1.3 for the Rift, but both devices are compatible with Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit version for the Rift).
What You’ll Find In The Box
The HTC Vive comes with front-facing cameras, sensors for 360-degree tracking and movement and two position-tracking controllers, alongside two games: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption, but this offer will be limited for a limited period. The Oculus Rift offers an Xbox One controller, an Oculus Remote and there’s also an IR LED-tracking sensor for desktop. The two games included in the box are Eve: Valkyrie (for preorders) and Lucky’s Tale.
The Oculus Rift will a lot more applications and games than its rival, coming with Adrift when it will be launched and in 2017, the users will be able to play up to 100 games, including Minecraft or Rock Band VR. The HTC Vive will support Google-developed Tilt Brush, Audioshield, Space Pirate Trainer alongside educational content.
Pricing And Availability
Both VR headsets are available for preorder. The Oculus Rift costs $599 and will hit the stores in July 2016, but there are also Oculus Ready bundles sold at a price that ranges between $1,499 and $3,000. The HTC Vive costs $799 and will be shipped out at the beginning of April.