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PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and Vive Comparison: Prices, Specs, & Games

Below you can find details on each major VR headset.

Now that the PlayStation VR launch is nearly upon us, every major VR headset will finally be out in the market. With each headset embracing its own unique approach to VR interactivity and hardware, consumers have a tough decision ahead if they're looking to become early adopters of the technology. To help you compare and contrast the differences between each headset, we've compiled their respective prices, specs, and bundled software.

Which VR headset are you going to purchase? Let us know in the comments below.

PlayStation VR -- $400

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Of the three major VR headsets currently out, PlayStation VR is the only one designed to specifically work on a console: the PS4. It supports head tracking, controller tracking, and mobility tracking. The headset can also be used as a second screen to play non-VR games and watch movies.

PlayStation VR's base package only comes with the headset, a processing unit, and all the necessary connection cables. Its other accessories--the PlayStation Camera (required) and Move controllers--must be purchased separately. Fortunately, Sony has confirmed that a bundle including both accessories is available in North American regions. PlayStation VR users will be able to download The Playroom VR for free at launch. PlayStation VR Worlds is also included for those who purchase the bundle.

For more details, check out our PlayStation VR review.

  • Resolution: 1920cRGBx1080
  • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, 90 Hz
  • Field of View: Approx. 100 degrees
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, PlayStation Eye tracking system
  • Connections: HDMI + USB
  • Audio: 3D audio
  • Input: PlayStation Move, DualShock 4 controller
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Release Date: October 2016

Included Games:

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Here's a list of every game confirmed to be in development for PlayStation VR.

Oculus Rift -- $600

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The Oculus Rift is a $600 headset that only works for PC. It comes with an Xbox One controller, a sensor, and free copies of Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale. The headset features both head tracking and controller tracking, and supports a wide variety of games through the Oculus Home software distribution platform. It's worth noting that some games are available on other software platforms as well.

For more details, check out our Oculus Rift review.

  • Resolution: 2160 x 1200
  • Refresh Rate: 90 Hz / eye display
  • Field of View: Approx. 110 degrees
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, external Constellation tracking sensor array
  • Connections: HDMI 1.3 output, three USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 2.0 port
  • Audio: Built-in headphones and mic, 3D audio
  • Input: Oculus Touch, Xbox One controller (included)
  • Platform: Oculus Home
  • Release Date: Available Now

Included Games:

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Recommended PC Specs

The Oculus Rift requires a dedicated gaming PC platform. Below are the required specs.

  • Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output (required)
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports (required)
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer (required)

Here's a list of every launch game for the Oculus Rift.

HTC Vive -- $800

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The HTC Vive takes a different approach from its competitors. In addition to offering seated VR experiences, Vive actively encourages the user to stand up and move around. It's equipped with IR emitters that allow a wide range of physical movement, and a a front-facing camera allows you to see the real world around you, thus avoiding non-VR collisions with solid objects. The package comes with the headset, two wireless motion controllers, two base stations, a link box to connect to your PC, and a pair of Vive earbuds. It only works for PC.

For more details, check out our HTC Vive review.

  • Resolution: 2160 x 1200
  • Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
  • Field of View: 110 degrees
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, laser position sensor, front-facing camera
  • Connections: HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
  • Audio: Built-in audio, built-in mic
  • Input: Dual Steam VR Controllers
  • Platform: Steam VR
  • Release Date: Available Now

Included Games:

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Recommended PC Specs

The Vive requires a dedicated gaming PC platform. Below are the required specs.

  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
  • RAM: 4 GB or more
  • Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
  • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

Samsung Gear VR -- $100

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Samsung's Gear VR launched last year in November and is one of the lowest cost VR experiences you can get. It only works for specific models of Samsung phones and---as a result--is limited by the processing power of those devices. Rather than being a dedicated gaming headset, Gear VR is more passive with simple games and video experiences. It does have some involvement with Oculus, featuring Oculus Home support, which is the software platform the Rift uses. It also supports Samsung's Milk VR video/software distribution platform.

  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Field of View: 96 degrees
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyrometer, geomagnetic, proximity
  • Focal Adjustment: Focus adjustment wheel
  • Connections: Micro USB connection to Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S7, S7 Edge
  • Audio: Built-in audio, built-in mic
  • Input: Touchpad, back button, volume key
  • Platform: Samsung Phones (i.e. Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+)
  • Release Date: Available Now
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edviges

i'm going to buy all

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solokingrobert

Oculus Rift includes

Xbox One controller, 2 free games

PlayStation VR

Camera (Sold separately), Duelshock 4 (sold separately), No free games

if you round up the price it's nearly the same as Oculus Rift

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elheber

@solokingrobert: While I don't disagree with you about the Rift being a good bargain, I want to point out that PS4 owners don't need to buy a DualShock 4 controller as they already have one (the one that came with the system). You really only need to buy the camera if you have a PS4.

And even if you didn't have a PS4 and needed to buy one, the console comes bundled with a controller.

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xantufrog

@solokingrobert: Why would you need to buy a DualShock 4? You need a PS4 to use PSVR, and you already have a DS4 if you have a PS4

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LoganGTA5

@xantufrog: But he said DuelShock.

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xantufrog

@logangta5: that's true. it does not come with one of those

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Zerabp

So much for making VR anything more than a passing fad for now, Palmer Luckeys now dead partner wanted to price Occulus at a max of $300, PS VR did not get the price right the way Sony did with the PS4 it is a far weaker solution to the rift and should have been at most $200 and the Vive is less known than the other two yet is charging more than both. Samsung has a good idea and a decent price at least but even the smartest smart phone can't compare to the other 3. Apparently everyone of these companies took their advice from NeoGeo's former CEOs. In short if most gamers aren't willing to pay for this tech most consumers most certainly will not either. I hope I'm wrong and there are enough early adopters to drive the prices down rather than convince the companies to give up.

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the-games-masta

for an actual like for like cost comparison, if you minus the cost of the controller and the full price retail game for rift, the price between it and PSVR (plus a camera) really isn't that much - but you'll get a superior VR experience (sure you'll need the high end PC but you see my point)

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psifire

well it looks like the vive or the oculus are the best way to get the best experience with vr......thanks for the info