Oculus Rift S is the new, improved version of the OG VR headset Oculus Rift. Similarly, the Samsung Odyssey Plus is the amped-up version of the previous Samsung Odyssey headset.
The real question is, which one of the headsets is a better investment. There are multiple similarities between the two headsets, and it is going to be extremely easy to conclude once we compare every single feature on these headsets.
The Oculus Rift S has some few upgrades and a few downgrades from the previous Rift while the Odyssey Plus has mainly got upgrades, without wasting any more time, let’s get started comparing.
Design and Quality of the Headsets
The design and build quality of the Oculus Rift S headset is premium quality. The headset comes with a Halo headband design which is pretty similar to that of the PlayStation VR.
The headset is comfortable to wear and you can adjust the lenses using software that comes with the headset. There is no physical way to change the IPD between the lenses.
The Oculus Rift S is probably one of the best headsets out there when it comes to comfort. Just like its predecessor, you can wear the Oculus Rift S for long gaming sessions without any issues.
The Samsung Odyssey Plus, on the other hand, is an amazing headset, it has gotten some improvements from the previous Odyssey but when it comes to the physical appearance both the headsets look almost the same.
The Build quality of the Odyssey Plus is not as great as the Rift S since Rift S has this premium feel, unlike the Odyssey Plus Headset.
The Odyssey Plus headset comes with a better fit and unlike the previous headset, it has more room for your nose, LOL. The Odyssey Plus has made improvements when it comes to the comfort and fit of the headset.
However, it really depends on you, whether you find the headset comfortable or not. Since I have a small face, I did not face a lot of issues, but others might.
The Oculus Rift S has no such issues making it a better headset when it comes to the overall design and quality of the headset.
Display and Resolution
The Oculus Rift S has an LCD display with a resolution of 1280×1440 per eye. This visual is pretty decent on the Oculus Rift S and as much as I wanted it to be better, this is what you get.
I personally felt that Oculus did a great job with the quest when it comes to the resolution that it did with the Oculus Rift S. You get the passthrough feature with the headset which means you can look around your surroundings without having to remove the headset.
The Samsung Odyssey Plus comes with a resolution of 1440×1600 per eye with AMOLED lenses which means that you get richer colors making your VR experience really immersive.
The Odyssey Plus comes with an anti-SDE effect which makes everything in VR so crisp and clear. You have no screen door effect whatsoever, which is rare to see in any of the VR headsets these days.
Overall, the display and resolution are better with the Samsung Odyssey Plus than the Oculus Rift S.
Tracking and Controllers
Both the headsets come with inside out tracking and hence you are going to have to deal with fewer wires. The headsets have cameras installed in them that track the controllers.
The Oculus Rift S made a major improvement with it’s inside out tracking, as now you do not have to do any wire management like you needed to do with the previous Oculus Rift.
There is only one wire that comes out of the headset and you need to connect it with the PC. This is the case with the Samsung Odyssey Plus as well.
However, when it comes to the overall tracking on both the headset, I would highly recommend the Oculus Rift S for its precise tracking.
Refresh Rate and Field Of View
The refresh rate on the Oculus Rift S headset is about 80 Hz which is a downgrade from the 90 Hz that we are used to seeing in the Oculus Rift.
The higher the refresh rate means the better is your VR experience and the lower are your chances of feeling motion sickness. The Oculus Rift s should have improved on the refresh rate but overall it is just okay.
The Samsung Odyssey comes with the classic 90 Hz refresh rate which you get to see in most of the headsets and that is pretty decent.
The FOV on both the headset is pretty similar and there is really not much to compare. The FOV is good enough to give you an immersive VR experience but it is not something extraordinary.
Gaming on the headsets
The Samsung Odyssey Plus is compatible with the SteamVR platform hence you can play any game that you find on the platform. The Oculus Rift S comes with its own dedicated games and you can even play the ones from the Steam VR platform.
SteamVRis the largest gaming platform for VR games and if you have never played any game then it would take you years to try all of them on this platform.
The VR game library is so huge on this platform that you are going to love everything about it. There are som classic best selling games that can keep you hooked onto them for days.
So, when it comes to playing games on these headsets, you are not going to have any issues. The gaming experience on both the headsets is good but I felt the Oculus Rift S felt slighlty more comfortable since it has a little better tracking in comparison to the Samsung Odyssey Plus.
Just make sure that you have a compatible PC before you get any of the two headsets because the gaming experience also depends on how powerful your PC is and if it would be able to handle games that are slightly heavy on the graphics.
The Samsung Odyssey Plus and Oculus Rift s are pretty decent headsets and it is a little difficult to choose among the two. The Oculus Rift S comes with amazing tracking, Field of View and smooth gameplay.
While the Samsung Odyssey has a nice resolution and display, along with the higher refresh rate and anti-SDE effect making everything so clear and crisp in VR.
The Samsung Odyssey Plus has only one major drawback and that is it does not fit everyone right. If the headset fits you right then go for it, otherwise, it would be best to invest in teh Oculus Rift S, if you do not want to take any chances.
The Rift S tracking makes the gameplay really smooth and that is another reason that makes Rift S a better option in my opinion.
However, you can like the Odyssey Plus more, so check out both the headsets and let us know which one would you prefer.
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