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Virtual reality sets are the latest trend when it comes to peak technology and escaping the “real” reality. Most probably, if you decide to buy a VR set, money is not a problem. But then, how do you choose the best option? We can help you with a comparison between the future HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

HTC Vive

  • Price: $799
  • It includes everything you need to completely experience a virtual reality.
  • One display with cameras
  • 2 base stations (wireless)
  • 2 controllers (that track position)
  • An offer for bundled games such as Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption (for a limited time)

HTC aims at being compatible with as many games as possible, just like Valve, and just like Microsoft initially wanted to obtain with the Xbox One. They all include Kinect systems, in the hopes that users will prefer more this kind of games.

Oculus Rift

  • Price: $599
  • 1 headset
  • LED-tracking sensor for desktop
  • Controller for Xbox One (costs $50)
  • Controller Oculus Remote
  • Offers for bundled games like Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale

They also plan to sell controllers (Oculus Touch) in the future, but we don’t know the price yet. As a third-party accessory, you can get a Leap Motion controller and add it to the headset. It costs around $90, but you can’t be sure whether apps and games will support this installment in the long run.

A thing that has to be mentioned when talking about VR sets are the PC specs. Both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have pretty much the same requirements: an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card (or an AMD Radeon R9 290) and an Intel i5-4590 (even though for HTC you can also get an AMD FX 8350 or a better CPU). If you choose Oculus, you will need 8 GB RAM and 4 USB ports (three of them have to be USB 3.0). Meanwhile, HTC Vive only needs one USB 2.0. If you build the PC yourself, you should expect to pay an extra $900 for it.

If you don’t want to build it yourself, Oculus Rift comes to your help with an offer for bundles costing $949 if you buy a Rift. However, HTC did not announce anything about this, but the cheapest PC compatible with Vive starts at around $1,600.

All in all, it seems that the Oculus Rift has the best offer, but it’s up to you on which VR set you want to place your bet on.

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