HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift – Which VR Headset Will You Buy?
The Oculus Rift started as a Kickstarter project, managing to raise $2.4 million in 2012 from over 9,500 backers. Two years later, Zuckerberg has acquired this VR headset for the sum of $2 billion and continued to improve the specs and features of the device, which was firstly available as a Development Kit (1&2).
The HTC Vive was developed by HTC in collaboration with Valve, the company that is behind many popular games for PC and the creator of Steam. Both virtual reality headsets are available for preorder, but the Oculus Rift will hit the markets sooner, on March 28. If you haven’t decided which device to buy, you should know that the Oculus Rift will cost $599 (£499 or AU$649), while the Vive will be more expensive at $799 (£689 or AU$899).
If you’ll choose to buy the Oculus Rift, you’ll get also a wireless sensor which will be used for headtracking, the Oculus Remote with which you will be able to navigate menus, and an Xbox One controller, with which you’ll play games in virtual reality.
Perhaps later, the manufacturer will release the Oculus Touch wireless motion controllers which will be tracked by the headset’s sensor and it will pick up hand gestures. In the box, the users will find the two free copies of these two games: Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie, but when the headset will be officially released, there will be over 100 games to choose from.
By preordering the Vive, you’ll get a pair of wireless wands which can be used as controllers, while the pair of base stations, also known as Lighthouses, will track motion inside a room. However, HTC will spoil its fans with three games: Job Simulator 2050, Tilt Brush and Fantastic Contraption.
Both VR headsets will depend on a PC, but with these recommended processors and graphics cards: Intel i5-4590 CPU or equivalent (the Vive supports also AMD FX-8350), Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 GPU and 8GB of RAM (Oculus Rift) or 4GB of RAM (Vive). The computer must run on Windows 7 SP1 or newer and while the Rift will require three USB 3.0 ports and a USB 2.0 port, the Vive will work fine with a USB 2.0 port.