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Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive vs PlayStation VR vs Samsung Gear VR: The Battle Begins !

Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive vs PlayStation VR vs Samsung Gear VR: The Battle Begins !

Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive vs PlayStation VR vs Samsung Gear VR The Battle Begins


With the announcement from Sony about PlayStation VR, then the competition of virtual reality headset is begin. Prior to Sony, Oculus are already announcing the Oculus Rift, HTC with HTC Vive, and Samsung who did not want to miss, announce the Gear VR.

Each product has a list of weaknesses. Either in terms of technical specifications or pricing issues. And for you that curious with a summary of the 4 virtual reality headset device, maybe you can read to the following article.

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

Sold at a price of USD 600, the prospective buyer Oculus Rift may have really understood that this devices require a PC to operate. Not just PCs, but PCs with high-end specifications.


In addition to the Oculus Rift purchase package, it already includes the Xbox One controller, a sensor, and a free copy of the Eve : Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale game. Rift headset features the head tracking and tracking controller, and supports a variety of games through Oculus Home software.

Headset Specifications:
Resolution: 2160 x 1200 pixels
Refresh Rate: 90 Hz / eye display
Field of View: 110 degrees
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, external tracking sensor array Constellation
Connections: HDMI 1.3 output, three USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 2.0 port
Audio: Built-in headphones and mic, 3D audio
Input: Oculus Touch, Xbox One controller (included)
Platform: Oculus Home
Release Schedule: March 28, 2016 (already performed pre-order on their official website)

Default Game:
Eve: Valkyrie Lucky’s Tale

Recommended PC Specs:
Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD equivalent or better 290
Processor: Intel i5-4590 similar or better
RAM: RAM 8GB +
Connections: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output (required), USB 3.0 ports 2 pieces (required)
Windows 7 SP1 or later (required)

HTC Vive

HTC Vive

Following the announcement of the Oculus Rift, HTC can not remain silent. The Taiwanese vendors were immediately introduced a virtual reality headset with their partnership with Valve, the Vive.

It equipped with IR emitters, Vive allows users to move a certain distance. It also comes with a front camera, so you can see the original environment around through the headset.

Similar to the Oculus Rift, Vive also operate using high specification PC. The price sold more expensive than the Oculus Rift, USD 800.

However, Vive comes with a native package, such as two wireless motion controller, two base station, link box to connect with a PC, and a pair of Vive earbud.

Headset Specifications:
Resolution: 2160 x 1200 pixels
Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
Field of View: 110 degrees
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, laser position sensors, front-facing camera
Connections: HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Audio: Built-in audio, built-in mic
Input: Dual Steam VR Controllers
Platform: Steam VR
Release Schedule: April 2016

Default Game:
Job Simulator
Fantastic Contraption

Recommended PC Specs:
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
Processor: Intel i5-4590, equivalent AMD FX 8350 or better
RAM: 4 GB or more
Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
USB Ports: 1x USB 2.0 or better
Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

PlayStation VR

Sony Play Station VR

From the three premium-class headset, PlayStation VR becomes the most anticipated devices. At the time Oculus and HTC have already announced products, Sony announced details about the PlayStation VR in the Game Developers Conference (GDC) event 2016 which took place some time ago.

Unlike the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, PlayStation VR does not require a PC. To run PlayStation VR, you only need PlayStation 4. However, in fact you also need a PlayStation Camera and PlayStation Move (for some titles).

Unfortunately, the PlayStation VR package worth USD 400 excluding PlayStation Camera. To purchase PlayStation Camera at least you had to spend around USD 70.

PlayStation VR has supported the head tracking, tracking controller, and mobility tracking. The headset can be used as a second screen for non-VR play games or watch movies.

Headset Specifications:
Resolution: 1080 x 1920cRGB
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, 90 Hz
Field of View: Approximately 100 degrees
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, PlayStation Eye tracking system
Connections: HDMI + USB
Audio: 3D audio
Input: PlayStation Move, the DualShock controller 4
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Schedule: October 2016

Default Game:
The Playroom VR

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

The last device that enliven the virtual reality war in 2016 is Samsung Gear VR. In manufacturing, Samsung partnering with Oculus. So do not be surprised, if the content of virtual reality presented through the Oculus Home platform.

Unlike the three above device that uses high specification engine. To operate the Gear VR, the users only need the Samsung smartphone flagship, like the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge +, S7, S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 5. Therefore, although only sold with USD 130 you still have to spend quite a bit to buy a Samsung premium phone.

Although only uses the smartphone as the main engine, Gear VR is quite fun and bring you sink into the virtual reality world.

Headset Specifications:
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Field of View: 96 degrees
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyrometer, geomagnetic, proximity
Focus Adjustment: Using the scroll in front of the headset
Connection: Micro USB to connect to a compatible smartphone
Audio: Built-in audio, built-in mic
Input: Touchpad, back button, volume key
Platform: Samsung Smartphone
Release Schedule: Already available

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