A Detailed Comparison Between Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR Headset - VR Life

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive

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The future arrived three weeks ago, but a week later it arrived again. Within seven days, two highly awaited virtual reality headsets were released.

Here is another comparison of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.

Price comparison: Vive costs $799 while Rift costs $599.

THE HEADSET

Oculus Rift: It is sleek and light and it fits comfortably on your head without it being too tight.
HTC Vive: Larger than the Rift, but fits well enough around the head.
Who has the Edge: Both are comfortable, but Rift feels like a complete product as it is smaller and easier to store.

THE WEARABLE COOLNESS

Who has the Edge: There is no way around the fact that you wear on your face a plastic brick with both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.

THE OPTICS

Oculus Rift: They are clean and fairly clear.
HTC Vive: Similar to the Rift.
Who has the Edge: The Rift has a slight advantage on the Vive in most respects.

THE FIT TOGETHER WITH GLASSES

Oculus Rift: With some type of glasses it is difficult to wear due to the Rift compact design.
HTC Vive: It has more room that can fit the glasses as you can adjust it by pushing out its lenses.
Who has the Edge: No headset worked well with glasses to my preference.

THE SETUP

Oculus Rift: It is easy to set up.
HTC Vive: it is difficult setting it up as it requires a lot of space.
Who has the Edge: Oculus Rift. The Rift is easier to set up than the Vive.

THE CONTROLLERS

Oculus Rift: It comes with a small remote control and an Xbox One controller which is wireless.
HTC Vive: It comes with two controllers, specialized to work with the system of the light house.
Who has the Edge: HTC Vive has superior control options than the Rift

THE VR EXPERIENCE

Oculus Rift: Once you put on the headset you are surrounded.
HTC Vive: You can make room-scale VR.
Who has the Edge: HTC Vive’s general VR experience is more exciting than the Rift.

THE COMMUNITY & STORE OPTIONS

Oculus Rift: It has a standalone application store.
HTC Vive: It works through Steam VR and Steam.
Who has the Edge: HTC Vive. The Oculus suffers the same problem as other Steam competitions.

THE FIT AND COMFORT LEVEL

Oculus Rift: It digs in your face leaving red lines if worn tightly.
HTC Vive: Fits easily over my head.
Who has the Edge: HTC Vive: Both are comfortable, but uncomfortable over time.THE

NAUSEA EXPERIENCE

Oculus Rift: Can make one feel nauseated.
HTC Vive: Can also make people feel nauseated.
Who has the Edge: Draw. They both have been said to make people feel nauseated by some while other people say they didn’t experience that effect at all.

EASE OF USE AND PRACTICALITY

Oculus Rift: On a desktop PC setup, it fits seamlessly.
HTC Vive: it’s difficult to use it.
Who has the Edge: Oculus Rift has created a more welcoming slicker experience.

HUMAN EMOTION COMPATIBILITY

Oculus Rift: While wearing it, people tend to smile.
HTC Vive: It’s a bit harder to smile while wearing it.
Who has the Edge: N/A. Insufficient data.

THE GAMES

Oculus Rift: It has 30 games.
HTC Vive: Launched with 30 games
Who has the Edge: They don’t have “exclusive games.

THE FUTURE

Oculus Rift: In the near and sort of -near future, Oculus has a few things planned.
HTC Vive: Future depends on the developers to make games and other software for it because its’ hardware is less or more complete.
Who has the Edge: Draw. The Rift has a bright future and the controllers should bring it to the same level as the Vive.

CONCLUSION

Both headsets are cool, expensive and need an expensive PC to work. The Rift is slicker and has hardware and software ecosystems which are connected smoothly. The Vive is the most impressive VR showcase at the moment and you’ll get more games as it approaches the Steam VR openly.

These are the headsets that we currently have but you may want to wait before buying one. In six months, both headsets will have stronger games and software. The future will be here even more in just a couple of months.

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