HTC Vive, PlayStation VR & Oculus Rift: Which One Is The Best Virtual Reality Headset?

11 January 2017, 6:09 am EST By Vittorio Hernandez Mobile & Apps
Tech experts review seven comparison points among the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and Oculus Rift to help consumers still undecided which one is the best buy VR headset.  ( Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Samsung )

Tech experts have predicted that the virtual reality headset would be one of the key technologies in 2017 that would play an important role and create an impact on the lives of people. Of the several models released by VR manufacturers in 2016, three stand out – the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and Oculus Rift.

Seven Comparison Points

ITPro compares seven aspects of the three VRs to guide consumers who may have plans to purchase a VR headset in the coming months. The seven points of the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and Oculus Rift it compared are on a per-eye resolution, refresh rate, field of view, display tech, weight, platform, and price.

Among the three VR headsets, what are almost identical are their refresh rate at 90Hz and display tech of OLED. However, PlayStation VR has the more specific refresh rate of 90Hz/120HZ, while the other two only specifies 90HZ with PenTile OLED for display tech. But PlayStation lists its display tech as the only OLED.

PlayStation VR also has a per-eye resolution of 960 x 1080, while the other two have 1080 x 1200 and identical fields of view of 110 degrees as against PS’ 100 degrees. The Sony VR headset is also the heaviest, weighing 610g, while HTC weighs 555g and Oculus 470g.

Again, the PS VR is the only one with the PlayStation 4 as a platform, while the other two have PC platforms. However, PS is the most affordable VR headset at £349 (or $423), followed by the Oculus at £549 ($665) and the HTC at £759 ($920).

Is HTC Worth The $920 Price Tag?

In terms of design and appearance, ITPro says the PlayStation VR is the most comfortable virtual reality headset because of its sensible design that distributed evenly the weight around the head. The higher price of the HTC is because it comes as a complete package to include motion controllers and camera. All three have occasional issues with motion controllers which cause warping to different positions of the player’s hands briefly.

Meanwhile, at the recently concluded CES 2017, Lenovo says it will come out with a prototype VR headset for release in the later part of 2017. It would be a Windows 10 headset being developed to work on the Windows Holographic platform of Microsoft, indicating it would run all applications in the Windows store at relatively attainable minimum specs, TechRadar reports.


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