Valve Index has probably been one of our favorite VR headsets and for many reasons. The VR quality on this headset is excellent and you get a really immersive VR gaming experiences.
The headset has been one of my favorites and if you have been disappointed with any VR headset in the past, then using this once would change your mind.
I particularly liked everything about the Valve Index headset and hence it would be exciting to compare this headset with the Samsung Odyssey Plus
The Odyssey Plus is an amped-up version of the Samsung Odyssey which was the best among a whole lot of mixed reality headsets that were released during its time.
Samsung Odyssey and Valve Index are both tethered headsets but the price point of the Valve Index is way more than that of the Odyssey, so which one among them is better, let’s find out.
Design and Build Quality
The design of the Valve Index headset is pretty simple and it looks similar to the Rift S. The headset does feel a little bulky and you might think that there is a lot of wires but once you have done some wire management, you are good to go.
The headset feels extremely comfortable and it has a lot of padding around the headset that helps you wear it for longer periods of time.
The Valve Index is probably one of the headsets that you would love and its mainly because of how comfortable the headset feels while you wear it.
The VR experience on the headset is amazing and you are going to really like the way it sits especially if you are going to be wearing this headset for longer periods of time.
You have IPD adjusters on this headset giving you a better VR experience. The design and build quality of the headset is amazing and you feel like you are getting a premium VR headset with a premium VR experience.
The Samsung Odyssey Plus is a headset that does have some comfort issues. The headset has the same Halo band and you are going to see a similar design to the Samsung Odyssey.
The Odyssey Plus has more nose room than its predecessor Samsung Odyssey which makes it better but still not great. So, when the comfort of the headsets is concerned you are going to end up with the Valve Index because it is way more comfortable to wear.
Display and Resolution
The display on the Valve Index is pretty good and to be precise you get an LCD display with 1440 x 1600 resolution per eye.
This is pretty good and you are going to even appreciate the Passthrough feature that comes with this headset where you can see around you with the cameras on the headset so that you do not have to take it off every time you want to answer a text message.
The display on the Index is pretty good and in order to see how the two headset compare, let’s discuss how the Odyssey Plus performs on this aspect.
The Odyssey Plus comes with an AMOLED display with 1440×1600 resolution per eye which is similar to that of the Valve Index. The Odyssey Plus has amazing visual quality in VR as it incorporates anti-SDE which means you can see things better in VR.
Everything about the Odyssey Plus is pretty good when it comes to the visuals and the fact that you get the anti-SDE effect along with the amazing AMOLED display makes me root for this headset when it comes to the aspect of display and resolution.
Refresh Rate and Field of View
The refresh rate on the Samsung Odyssey Plus is 90Hz while on the Valve Index, the refresh rate is around 122-140 Hz.
You are not going to find any significant difference between the two, but if you feel motion sick in a few VR experiences with the Odyssey Plus then you can expect that to never happen in the Valve Index.
The higher the refresh rate the better is your VR experience as you would barely feel any motion sickness.
Valve Index is the only VR headset out there that has such a high refresh rate and it is safe to say that the headset can be used by anyone including people who complain of motion sickness with VR.
The FOV on the Valve Index is higher than the Samsung Odyssey Plus rendering you a much immersive gaming experience. The Field of View decides on how immersive your experience is going to be and with a larger FOV, things only get better in VR.
Tracking and Controllers
The Samsung Odyssey Plus comes with an inside out tracking which means there are no wires attached to the controllers and you do not need external cameras to track the movement of the controller.
You can easily move around and play a game without having to deal with a bunch of wires that could make you trip and fall any time during your gameplay.
The Valve Index comes with cameras that need to be set up in your room, in such a way that they could track the controllers.
The setup is pretty similar to HTC Vive and in this era of headsets where every VR headset comes with inside out tracking, this does feel like a setback.
However, a good thing that comes out of this is that you are going to love the tracking with the Valve Index, it is so precise and perfect. With a little wire management, you can get through this obstacle and enjoy the amazing experience than Valve has to offer.
Gaming on the Headsets
The games that you can play on both the headsets are pretty similar as both of them compatible with the SteamVR platform opening up a lot of VR gaming options.
SteamVR is the largest VR gaming library and gets updated almost every day. You can expect them to add around 30-40 titles every month and hence the library is ever-expanding.
You are never going to exhaust playing all the games that you find on this platform. So, when it comes to the different games that you can play on this platform, you are never going to be disappointed.
So, which one is a better headset? One has to consider the fact that the Samsung Odyssey Plus is three times less the price of the Valve, so for the given price, you are getting a decent headset.
If the Odyssey Plus fits you well and you are comfortable while wearing it for longer gaming periods, then I think you should go for it.
If you have the extra cash to spending on the amazing Valve Index, then the Valve index should be your choice. My point being, you are not missing out on a lot by giving up on Valve Index.
But, yes, the gaming experience that you get on the Valve Index is definitely better than most of the headsets out there and it is extremely comfortable so you can wear it for really long periods of time.
The Samsung Odyssey Plus, on the other hand, had some issues when it came to the fit and that is the reason, I mention that you make sure the headset fits you perfectly.
Which one would you prefer?
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