Most new virtual reality headsets aim to fill the gap that Oculus Rift leaves behind. Playstation VR aims to be the most cost-effective alternative (rumoured that it will have the same price as a new Playstation console). Oculus Rift is currently the popular choice since it re-ignited the virtual reality space.
Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
What primarily differentiates HTC Vive headset from Oculus Rift is the fact that HTC Vive is trying to be much more interactive with your surroundings. HTC Vive will turn your room into a virtual reality playground. With an elaborate tracking system that expands to accurately track your body’s position through space, it is a technological marvel that had already made many heads turn.
HTC Vive has some potential problems. The headset asks for a greater sum of money (than Oculus Rift) to acquire it. It’s rumored that the whole HTC Vive experience will be priced in the up side of $500, not counting the price for a new PC.
Oculus Rift might be more accessible when it comes to price and specs, but it’s HTC Vive that has the most prospect as a virtual reality headset. Going as far as to develop a pair of controllers to provide complete virtual immersion, and with current demos like cooking lessons, and even painting in the middle of a room, it’s easy to see why Vive is easy to impress.
However, Oculus Rift focuses to the fact that most games will probably only need to track the position of the head in space. Most of the games we’ve seen in the past two years are aiming to create an immersive experience using keyboards and console controllers to control the rest of the body, while only the player’s head will be able to move.
HTC Vive is a neat solution, especially if you want to look at a more premium virtual reality experience. Even so, both of those headsets seem to have their own fandom, and their own side. Until the time we have a consumer version in hand it will be hard to know which headset is better.
Keep checking our site for everything VR related, and let’s hope that before Summer of 2016 will have a definitive answer to which headset is the actual ‘king’ of virtual reality.