Samsung Odyssey might be a little late to the party when it comes to all the Windows Mixed Reality headset releases, however, the quality of the headset might make it difficult for a few people to choose between these two VR headsets.
If you are in doubt then continue reading this review where we would break down every feature on these VR headsets so that you can make a better purchase decision.
The Vive was the best VR headset in terms of quality but while comparing it with the new Samsung Odyssey there might be a bit changes on which headset has the best features like display and sound quality.
So, if you are in a fix and cannot decide if you should get the Samsung Mixed Reality headset of the Vive Virtual Reality headset then this post would come in handy while making a decision as we break down each aspect in both the VR headsets and then give our final Verdicts.
Display and Design
The design of both the VR headsets is a little different from each other. The HTC Vive has a premium design and a nice build quality where you are going to get the feeling that the cost is justified.
The headset weighs around 470 grams which is pretty light in comparison to the Samsung Odyssey. Vive is pretty comfortable to wear and you can easily wear it for long gameplay sessions.
The Samsung Odyssey, on the other hand, weighs 650 grams, which is heavier in comparison to the Vive. Even though the Odyssey does weigh more, the VR headset is extremely comfortable to wear.
It was pleasant to wear the Odyssey for long gameplay sessions and honestly, I found the headset as comfortable as the Vive or maybe even more. The headset feels cheaply built though and you might feel that it is not as great as the built quality of the Vive
Moving on to the display of both the VR headsets, the Vive has a 2160 x 1200px resolution on both the lenses and the resolution for the Samsung Odyssey is 2880 x 1600px. Clearly, the visuals on the Odyssey is better than the Vive.
The Odyssey has the AMOLED display and the visuals are much richer making the colors pop out. The overall display in the Samsung Mixed Reality headset is much better than the Vive, so if the display is your major criteria for buying a VR headset then without a doubt you can go for the Samsung Odyssey.
Refresh Rate and Field Of View
The refresh rates on both the headsets are 90 Hz. However, there is one thing improved on the Samsung Odyssey Mixed Reality headset and that is, you do not get motion sick.
Yes, you heard me right, this Samsung Headset is definitely built much better when considering the issue of motion sickness. You can wear it and play any game you want to and you are not going to feel motion sickness whatsoever.
However, it was different with the Vive on a few games when it was released. You did feel a bit motion sick on the car racing games and sometimes it depends on the type of game as well.
So, if you take this into consideration then the Samsung headset might be slightly better.
The Field of view for both the VR headset is 110 degrees and there is no big difference here but if you take the overall display into consideration then the Samsung Odyssey headset is the winner without any doubts.
Controllers and Sensors
None of the headsets are wireless and with the Samsung Odyssey, you get the inside out tracking which means you do not have to place any sensors or cameras like the other VR headsets.
This makes the Samsung Odyssey user-friendly as you do not have to place any external sensors apart from just connecting the headset to your PC or laptop.
The Vive, on the other hand, comes with sensors that enable a full-scale room tracking. If you look at it closely, the Vive does have a better, intuitive tracking system in comparison to the Samsung Headset and if you are looking for room scale tracking then the Vive is better.
Coming to the Controllers, the Samsung Odyssey and the Vive both have a nice and easy to use controllers that make your experience interactive in the VR world.
The Ones with the Vive are highly intuitive and overall really comfortable to use, the controllers look premium and are probably the best controllers after the Oculus Touch.
The Samsung Odyssey has a pretty good controller and you would find it pretty good enough. So, if the controllers are your main concern and you don’t care about any other features on the headset then you should go for the HTC Vive.
The sound quality on both the VR headset is amazing, the Samsung Odyssey comes with in-built headphones which makes the VR experience pretty immersive.
The Samsung Odyssey probably has the best-inbuilt headphones and the sound quality is amazing giving you a feeling that you are actually inside the game which is the whole point of a VR experience.
The HTC Vive does come with the audio deluxe strap and you need to pay for it extra, you can even plug in your headphones but it does not come with inbuilt headphones which is a bummer in comparison to the Samsung’s Mixed Reality Headset.
The PC specifications for both the headsets are different, so check out if you have a compatible PC before going ahead and buying any of the two headsets mentioned.
The best way to check the current PC specifications that are needed to run the Vive and the Samsung Odyssey would be on their official website so head on to their websites to have a look yourself.
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Games on the HTC Vive and the Samsung Odyssey
Playing games on the Vive is an amazing experience, the room scale tracking makes the entire gameplay very immersive and it feels like playing a game in real life.
However, in the case of Vive, you might want to have a dedicated room or space to take advantage of the room scale tracking. If that is not possible then you might want to incline towards the Samsung Odyssey Mixed Reality headset.
Coming to the games on both the headsets, while Vive has plenty of games that you can browse and I must add that it has one of the best collection of games when you compare it with any VR headset.
The Odyssey has a good collection as well, it may not be as huge as Vive but it does have a great collection of games that you might like and in the case, you want to check out the clarity of the gameplay then do watch the video below!
There Odyssey might be cheaper than the Vive but if you might want to go through all the features that we have touched upon if you are going to be a better buying decision.
Both the headsets are great in their own way, however, depending on your needs and PC specifications, you have to choose one among the above-mentioned headsets and it is going to be easy once you have decided on which features matter to you the most.
The price difference between the two headsets is around $200 which is pretty huge.
So, if you are up with room-scale tracking then the HTC Vive might be your best buy, however, if you are just looking for amazing visuals and sound quality then you should go with the Samsung Odyssey.
In any case, let us know which one would you go for and which is better according to you?
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