HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are two revolutionary VR devices in the VR industry. Over a couple of years they have improved the devices in terms of specs, accessories and adding apps or games to the library.

Also virtual reality is growing at a rapid pace. So I tried my best comparing HTC Vive and Oculus Rift so that you can decide which VR device to buy.

Comparing Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

Design

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive differ the most. While both are comfortable enough with face padding and are lightweight, but there’s definitely more heft to the Vive.

Rift’s advanced display technology is combined with its precise, low-latency constellation tracking system. It enables the sensation of presence, the feeling as though you’re actually there. The magic of presence changes everything. You will never experienced immersion like this.

Display

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive both come outfitted with vibrant OLED displays. Each of the lens offers 1080×1200 pixel resolutions for each eye.

Combined they offer 2160×1200 resolution view at 90Hz refresh rates. This ensures the frame rate is enough to prevent motion sickness and provide a smooth experience.

PC Requirements

Oculus recommends an Intel i3-6100 or AMD FX4350 or better processor, at least 8GB of RAM and Windows 7 SPI. You’ll also need a GTX 960 or AMD RX 470 graphics card and a few USB ports.

Where as the Vive’s requirements are a little higher side and more in line with what the Oculus Rift requires for solid 90fps gameplay. You’ll need either a Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD RX 480 along with an Intel i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 processor, at least 4GB of RAM and Windows 7.1 or later.

Software

The Oculus Rift is compatible with software which is available at Oculus Rift store, as well as supporting games through Steam.

Meanwhile, HTC’s Vive is designed to primarily work with Valve’s Steam platform. HTC recently introduced a more Oculus Home-like experience called Viveport. Viveport offers a VR distribution system and marketplace that isn’t quite as gaming-focused as Steam with a wider selection of experiences and also short films.

Wireless Controllers

HTC is providing wireless controllers designed specifically for Vive. The interactions feel intuitive and natural like an extension to your hand.

Where as Oculus is also providing one Xbox wireless controller, which also makes gaming experience more realistic.

Pricing

In March 2017, Oculus lowered the price of both the headset and controller bundle by slashing $200. But a complete HTC Vive set up will cost you around $800. Instead you can buy Oculus  Rift, Touch Controller bundle and also a tracking camera(for $80) and still you can save $300.

Other Important Features

Oculus Touch

Oculus Touch is a pair of tracked controllers that give you “hand presence”. It takes interaction to the next level. Touch enables natural hand presence. It allows using your virtual hands.

Further, Touch allows you to pick up toys, drop blocks, throw firecrackers and fire laser guns – all with intuitive, natural hand movement. By capturing nuances of human expression, Touch enables gestures like pointing, waving, and giving a thumbs-up.

It unlocks a social element that’s never been experienced in VR before. Touch controllers feature traditional action buttons, thumb-sticks and analog triggers that add familiarity to new experiences. These are your controls for grasping, lifting, and more. Oculus toybox allows to toss objects, light firecrackers, play ping-pong with other avatars – the world of interaction is infinite.

Final Words

If you are a beginner or have tight budget then I would recommend you to buy Oculus Rift. If you want more rich VR experience and access to more games then I would recommend HTC Vive. You can buy HTC vive and Oculus Rift on amazon.

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