The Rift vs Vive battle for the best virtual reality headset is a hard choice but we are here to help your decision and provide the information you need. As they both have so many great features, is a price point the deciding difference between them? We hope we can help answer your questions about which one is better for you in this short guide and basic rundown.
|Oculus Rift||HTC Vive|
|Display||OLED (456 ppi)||OLED (447ppi)|
|Total Resolution||2160 x 1200||2160 x 1200|
|Field of View||110°||110°|
|Weight||1.04 pounds||1.03 pounds|
|Tracking Area||5ft x 11ft||15 x 15 feet|
|Sensors||2x Constellation |
|Platform||Oculus Home||SteamVR &|
1x Headphone Jack
|Oculus Rift||HTC Vive|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce |
GTX 960 or AMD
Radeon RX 470
|NVIDIA GeForce |
GTX 970 or AMD
Radeon RX 480
|CPU||Intel Core i3-6100||Intel Core i5-4590|
|Free Ports||1x USB-A 3.1|
2x USB-A 2.0
|1x USB-A 2.0|
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HTC’s Vive Wands have an advanced motion-tracking through the sensors of the Lighthouse. They’re less natural and bulky to the touch, but they’re not as heavy as you think. HTC’s Wands have larger touchpads too and able to give you long play times without much discomfort.
The Vive wands have been out for a longer time and more people have adapted and used them extensively. The Oculus Touch controllers were able to learn from them and adapt to be more ergonomic and better to the hand. It feels as if you are interacting with the game rather than holding a stick in your hand. The Oculus Rift definitely has a plus in this category design-wise, but the wands are decent for interacting as well.
The headset you choose is up to you. The software is virtually the same, even with the Oculus exclusive games, there is not much of a difference. Each headset will be able to play both games through each of their respective stores. You will not see much of a difference in terms of the specs and your choice to see if the easier setup from the Vive and better tracking offset the design of the Oculus and cheaper price point. It doesn’t matter which side you chose, the virtual reality community is eager to have more users and supports either side, even with the Rift vs Vive battle.
A lot has been released since the Rift was at the top of the line. The Rift is no longer available and was replaced with the Rift S on May 21, 2019. To continue reading, here are articles you may want to learn more about: