Virtual Reality PC headsets are no doubt the best way to experience VR and there are no other alternatives for the high end quality experience that they provide with every game that supports the VR headset.
Many people wonder what is the Rift and how do these PC VR headsets work and why the hell are they so expensive!
With the recent argument on the Rift’s price it will not shock me if people are actually waiting for the price of the consumer version to come down and then give it a try, however keeping all these things aside let us look at what is awesome about these headsets.
Coming from Valve this headset is no different from other headsets and I really like almost everything about the Vive. The refresh rate of 90 Hz and a high end resolution of about 2160 x 1200 which gives a really immersive VR experience.This is a really high end VR headset and comes with the motion controllers, headsets, sensors and earplugs. The games on this VR are really a delight to play and if you buy it I’m pretty sure there would be a lot of people waiting for a gaming session at your place.
Yes, it does require a high end PC requirements which include NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 /Radeon R9 280 equivalent or greater,Intel Core i5-4590 ,4GB or more of RAM, Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output and USB 2.0 port.
Apart from this you would also need to set it up in a room where you have minimal objects so that you have some free space to move around while playing the game.
With all these requirements, you are all set with your HTC Vive and could easily use it once you have your hands on them. Do check my complete review on Vive and do not hesitate to ask me any questions in the comment section.
Must Read: Complete Review of the HTC Vive
Developed by team Oculus and partnered with Facebook this VR headset has it’s bar set really close to that of the Vive. However, one major difference you would see is that the Vive has motion controllers and the Rift is yet to release the Oculus touch. Again, it has a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a high end resolution of about 2160 x 1200 which makes it almost as good as the Vive. It does come with the Xbox controller in every consumer version that is shipped along with the motion tracking sensor and the headphones that are included in the VR headset unlike the HTC Vive where you had the HTC earbuds that came along with the headset.
It has a partnered with Microsoft , so almost all of the Xbox games can be streamed on the Rift, they have many other future plans which would be including an entire set of games that are compatible with the rift i.e nothing but just increasing the VR content for the Rift users. So, there is a lot to expect from the Rift apart from just the Oculus touch which would be released in September(probably by the end of this year).
Coming to the requirements of the rift it needs NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater,Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater,8GB or more RAM,Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output ,2 USB 3.0 ports,Windows 7 and above versions.
Thus, you do need to have a beefy PC for the rift in order to have everything going on well. It does not require as much room space as the Vive, but to be honest this is something you might need to reconsider once the touch is out and they further add improvements. All I’m saying is be prepared!
Must Read: Complete review of the Oculus Rift Headset
PlayStation VR headset
This is a Sony project and it was code named as Project Morpheus while under development.This VR headset is pretty cool to look at and is pretty different from the other two VR headsets.This is a VR which you would go for if you are actually having a PS4 and this is a headset which is more for the console players and owners of PS4. However, you could easily get the console and the headset bundle on Amazon which I think was pretty cool to be honest!
Apart from the amazing games they have been working on, the headset comes in $399 implying you need to buy the controllers and the tracking camera separately which is another headache and I hope they soon get a bundle of that as well since it would be a lot easier to buy.After the motion controllers and the tracking camera sensors added to the headset’s price the cost would be just right in between the above two headsets that is between $600-800 and so I guess it lands up again in the same price category.
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