Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive- Full Comparision guide

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virtual reality headset comparision

It’s just 4 years ago when we heard a new thing “virtual reality”. back then, the founder of Oculus, Plamer Luckey, announced the concept of virtual reality and to implement it soon. Now, the year 2016, is going to be a year of Dawn of Virtual Reality Games. It’s going to be Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive. And we are really excited to experience the upcoming virtual reality games on these headsets. Oculus Rift has been on hype much more than any other headset due to its very unique concept and design. Though HTC Vive is also a good option but with more money to lose from your pocket. Another thing is there are going to be released more virtual reality games for HTC Vive than for Oculus Rift.

Though the concept of virtual reality is not as new as we think (if we count the development period) but the former gadgets were not that good to feel and enjoy virtual reality. If we talk about some previously launched Virtual Reality headsets, Google cardboard (launched in 2014, 25th June) has already been sold more than 5 million pieces. But it was only for Android and iOS. Now as the time passes and the development took pace, Oculus rift is going to be launched with 2 games, (Lucky’s Tale and Eve: Valkyrie) bundled with it.

There is a difference of only 9 days between the launch of Oculus rift and HTC Vive. And both are ready for pre-order. So we are comparing the both headset in terms of specifications, performance, and price.

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Comparision

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are both virtual reality headsets that can be used to play video games. But there are a lot of differences among them including features and prices. It is not going to be easy to choose the 1 between these two giants. if we talk about price alone, Oculus Rift will cost you $599 (introductory price) while the amount you need to spend $200 more for HTC Vive i.e. $799.

So here is the complete technical plus other information about both of the headsets. The choice is yours, choose the best.

Tracking Technology ( Let the Geek in me come out first):

virtual reality trackingimage source: Techradar

Oculus Rift:

The Tracking device of Oculus Rift is called “Constellation” that uses a stationary IR LED sensor to track the movement of the user. This is a Virtual Reality head mounted display type device. This IR LED can be put on user’s desk or on any tripod easily. These sensors detect the position of the user and perform actions according to your movements.

Tracking area of The Rift is 5*5 feet but in an explanatory session, Palmer Luckey,the founder of Oculus, showed the maximum area that the sensor can track is 12*12 feet without any lag. 5*5 feet is an ideal area to experience the most out of the rift. So that you can enjoy the game moving in a room within the field of view of 110 degrees.


Video Source: Road to VR

HTC Vive:

HTC Vive uses “Room Scale” technology, tracking the area of 15*15 feet. Yes, larger than the rift. According to the company, Vive uses 32 headset sensors to track your movement with a precision of less than a millimeter. But you will have to use 2 “light house” base stations to maximise your experience. HTC Vive also has a field of view of 110 degrees.

HTC Vive is designed so that it will sense the obstacle and display it to the user for safety purpose of the user.

Display and Resolution:

Talking about the display, resolution and refresh rate of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive here is a tie between both of them. Both the headsets uses OLED display with same resolution 2160*1200 (1080*1200 for each eye). And also, the refresh rate is same for both of them. They both have a refresh rate of 90Hz.


oculus touch controller image


Both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is using its own specially designed gaming controllers to play the game. Touch by Oculus (controller for Oculus Rift) is a wireless device that will fit into your hands. The controller has 3 buttons, 1 joystick on top and trigger beside the grip of the user’s hand. More or less, it’s like a  conventional gamepad we use to play games. The trigger has a sensor which senses the exact location of your hand while playing the game. This makes a hand movement of 360 degrees easy and you don’t feel awkward while playing the game.

htc vive controllers image

On the other hand, HTC Vive Steam VR Controller has one menu button, one trigger button, 2 squeeze-activated buttons on each side and 1 thumbpad. Steam VR Controller works on 1:1 basis. That means, while you move your hand, the sensor will not sense and display it accurately.

Minimum System Requirements:

As we have written above in our oculus rift and Htc Vive comparison, both devices are using OLED display with same resolution and same refresh rate. But both are using different tracking technology. You will need different system requirements for both of the device. So choose properly what you want to buy.

Oculus Rift Minimum System Requirements:

Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater

CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater

Memory: 8GB+ RAM

Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port

OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

HTC VIVE Minimum System Requirements:

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 /Radeon R9 290 equivalent or greater

CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater

Memory: 4GB+ RAM

Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port

OS: SteamVR running on Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux

Specifications Comparision of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

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Price Comparision and Accessories:

In terms of price, there is a huge difference of $200 in Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The introductory price of Oculus Rift is $599 while HTC vive price is $799.

If you pre-order Oculus Rift headset now, you will get the headset with built-in headphones and mic, sensor, and a Xbox One controller. You will get only 1 sensor, if you want to get other, you will have to lose your pocket and buy it separately OR you can wait for Oculus Touch to get released. 1 sensor will come bundled with Oculus touch. The price of the motion controller is yet to be announced.

Lucky’s Tale and Eve: Valkyrie games are also bundled with the Headset.

But if you go for HTC Vive headset, you will get Vive motion controller and 2 Vive lighthouse base stations bundled with the headset itself. Also, you will get 3 games bundled with HTC Vive: Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption, Tilt Brush

It is not confirmed but we think that these games are bundled with the headset for a limited time only.

Our Verdict:

No doubt Oculus is a King of Virtual Reality at the present time and the pre-order sales figures are also huge. From our analysis of both the Headsets, we want you to consider following points before making the purchase decision:

1.To use Oculus Rift, you need a minimum of 8Gb ram while HTC Vive will work on 4Gb ram.

2. Video Graphics are same for both the headset.

3. While Oculus Rift is only for PC with Windows, you can use HTC Vive headset on Linux and OSX also in addition to Windows PCs.

4. Tracking Area is more for HTC Vive than Oculus Rift giving you more area to enjoy the game.

You will get everything bundled with HTC Vive but with Oculus rift, you will get only 1 sensor and also for Oculus Touch, you will have to wait.

5. You will get 3 games if you buy HTC Vive but only 2 games with Oculus Rift.

Last but very important:

HTC Vive uses “Chaperon” Safety system which will give a display of any object near you so that you will not get hurt.

Above are some points that you might consider before buying virtual reality headset. Oculus Rift has launched on March 28th, 2016 and you can order Oculus rift online now. HTC Vive will launch on April 6th, 2016.

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