Three flagship headsets from tech giants, Sony, Oculus and Valve, are now out in the wild for avid consumers to buy and lose themselves in.
Virtual reality is certainly all the rage in 2016 as Playstation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive pushed the game button on for VR dominance.
In view of their market demand and popularity, we've compared the Playstation VR to HTC's Vive headset to see how they stack up.
Sony Playstation's VR versus HTC's Vive
The comparative review of the two popular headsets based on their Origin and Price are discussed by Forbes.
Valve's headset, the Vive, was born from a partnership between two unlikely parties: Valve and HTC.
The former is a PC game developer and distribution company; while the latter is a mobile device designer and manufacturer.
The PlayStation VR is an internal piece of hardware developed by the manufacturer of the best-selling console of all time, the PlayStation 2 as well as the best-selling console of the current generation, the PlayStation 4.
The PlayStation VR has the price locked down. As the more affordable mainstream VR gaming headset currently on the market, it has the potential to bring this first generation of virtual reality gaming to the masses.
Meanwhile, the Vive is the most expensive by a mile.
Nevertheless, considering the amount of early access and fully released VR-compatible games available on Steam, it has the largest gaming library at the moment.
Moreover, customers have seen the significant differences between the two gadgets based on their specs and design, as conveyed by Trusted Reviews, as follows:
HTC's VR tech is simply more advanced than Sony's, which is another reason for its significantly higher price.
The HTC Vive features two 1,200 x 1,080 pixel OLED displays, while the Playstation VR's one 5.7 inch 1,920 x 1,080 OLED display is smaller than the Vive's.
When it comes to field of view, the Vive offers 110 degrees, while PSVR features a slightly narrower 100 degrees.
The Vive really differs from PSVR is in the motion tracking department.
HTC's headset has special features as it comes fitted with a gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position sensors.
The Vive also comes with a front-facing camera which will allow users to see the real world while still wearing the headset.
As mentioned, PSVR won't come with the kind of tracking capabilities offered by the Vive, but it will be capable of tracking your head movement using a PS4 connected camera. Good thing, users won't be plugging Playstation VR directly into their PS4 console.
The HTC Vive Pre, HTC's second development kit, was a huge development over the original design.
The HTC Vive Pre headset is more compact and comes with an improved adjustable strap for greater stability and balance. The front of the headset features several indents where the 32 sensors sit, while PSVR has a distinctly smoother, and dare we say more modern, finish.
Sony's VR headset altogether is simpler affair in terms of design. The curved visor is held on by a strap that goes all the way around the head, and lacks the HTC's front to back, over the top of the head, strap.
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