VR headsets. Who would have ever thought that this technology would finally take off? It was thought that VR technology was a no-go back in the 1990s, but it is finally here and it looks like it has the potential to stick around and be more than just a flashy gimmick. so, you’ve been hearing all the buzz around VR headsets and you’re thinking of getting one, but you don’ know the first thing about them? well, we made this guide just for you.
we wanted to keep this one simple and to the point, so we’re going to cover the most important specifications and help you decide between these 3 headsets.
Which will you choose?
Price is always the elephant in the room. As technology becomes more advanced it becomes more expensive and VR tech is no exception to this rule.
The PlayStation VR
Anywhere from $399-$599. The 599 is the cost if you don’t have controllers or a PlayStation camera. Assuming you have these two things, then the PlayStation VR is only 399!
The Oculus Rift
checks in at $599 but it includes one Xbox one controller.
The HTC Vive
This is the most expensive of the bunch and clocks in at a dollar-devouring 7$99, but it does include two controllers.
When it comes to value, it seems as though the HTC Vive has the highest value given that it comes with two controllers.
What’s the point of using VR if the technology doesn’t have high enough resolution
The HTC Vive has the highest resolution per eye and the highest resolution overall at 1080 x 1200 per eye (two screens, combined 2160 x 1200).
The Oculus Rift provides a solid middle ground at 1080 x 1200 per eye (two screens, combined 2160 x 1200).
The PlayStation VR stands at 960 x 1080 per eye (single 1920×1080 screen) and is the weakest of the three VR headsets examined in this article.
NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD 290 equivalent or greater
Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater 8GB+ DDR3 RAM HDMI 1.3 video output 2 USB 3.0 ports
NVIDIA GTX 970/ AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
Intel i5-4590/AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater 4GB+ RAM Video Output: HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer 1x USB 2.0 or greater port
The PS4 VR wins here through sheer simplicity. All you need to run the Sony VR is a playstation4 system.
Ultimately, the choice is yours
overall, there really is no right choice when it comes to these VR headsets. If money is no object, then the HTC Vive seems like it is the pound-for-pound champ. It has the highest resolution, but it also has the highest graphical requirements. Of course, you’re paying for 2 controllers when you get the HTC Vive, but it still costs 799$.
The Oculus Rift seems like a solid middle ground VR headset while the PlayStation VR has the weakest resolution but also comes in at a low, low price if you already have a PS4 system.
So which one will you be buying? Let us know in the comments below.