VR Headset Specs Compared: PSVR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, And More

All the specs, features, and pricing information on all the major VR headsets.

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There's a wide selection of VR headsets out on the market, which can make it difficult to parse which one is right for you with varied pricing and spec information. That's why we've compiled comprehensive lists below that break down resolution, refresh rate, and other specs across all the major VR headsets. We've separated our lists by four categories: major VR headsets, Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets, mobile VR headsets, and all-in-one mobile solutions that don't require external hardware.

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Major VR Headsets

HTC ViveHTC Vive ProOculus RiftPSVRPimax 8KLG VR Headset
Resolution2160x1200 (1080x1200 resolution per eye)2880x1600 (1440x1600 resolution per eye)2160x1200 (1080x1200 resolution per eye)1920x1080Two 3840x21602880x1280
Refresh rate90Hz90Hz90Hz120Hz90Hz90Hz
Display typePenTile OLEDAMOLEDPenTile OLED5.7" OLEDLCDConvex, non-Fresnel OLED
Field of viewAbout 110 degreesAbout 110 degreesAbout 110 degreesAbout 100 degreesAbout 200 degreesAbout 110 degrees
Tracking SystemVive Base StationsVive Base StationsConstellationPlayStation CameraInside-out or Vive Base StationsVive Base Stations
Room scale supportYesYesRequires a third sensorNoYesYes
Weight470 grams (new model), 555 grams (old model)TBA470 grams610 gramsApproximately one poundTBD
Integrated HeadphonesOnly with optional Deluxe Audio Strap attachmentYesYesNoYesTBD
Built-in MicYesYesYesYesYesTBD
External cameraYesYes (two)NoNoNoTBD
Official controllersVive controllerVive controllerXbox One controller, Oculus remote, and Oculus Touch controllersDualShock 4, PlayStation Move, Aim ControllerVive controller, Pimax controllerTBD
Store compatibilitySteamVR, HTC ViveportSteamVR, HTC ViveportSteamVR, Oculus StorePlayStation StoreSteamVRSteamVR
Release dateApril 5, 2016TBAMarch 28, 2016October 13, 2016Q2 2018TBA
Launch PriceUS$799/£769.99TBA$599.99$399, €399, £349, A$549$799TBA
Current Price$599NA$399$350NANA

Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

Windows Mixed Reality headsets are VR headsets specced out by Microsoft and manufactured by several PC OEMs. One major feature that distinguishes them is that they all feature external cameras that enable inside-out tracking of both the headset and controllers. This means you can get six degrees of positional movement without the use of external sensors.

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Samsung OdysseyLenovo ExplorerDell VisorHP Windows Mixed RealityAcer Windows Mixed Reality
Resolution2880 x 16002880x14402880x14402880x14402880x1440
Refresh rate90Hz90Hz90Hz90Hz90Hz
Display typeDual 3.5” AMOLED2.89” diagonal display size (x2) LCD2.89” diagonal display size (x2)2.89” diagonal display size (x2)2.89” diagonal display size (x2)
Field of viewAbout 110 degreesAbout 105 degreesAbout 105 degreesAbout 105 degreesAbout 105 degrees
Tracking SystemInside-out trackingInside-out trackingInside-out trackingInside-out trackingInside-out tracking
Room scale supportYesYesYesYesYes
Weight645g380g590g834g350g
Integrated HeadphonesYesNoNoNoNo
Built-in MicYesNoNoNoNo
External cameraYes (two)Yes (two)Yes (two)Yes (two)Yes (two)
Official controllersMicrosoft Motion controllersMicrosoft Motion controllersMicrosoft Motion controllersMicrosoft Motion controllersMicrosoft Motion controllers
Store compatibilitySteam, Microsoft StoreSteam, Microsoft StoreSteam, Microsoft StoreSteam, Microsoft StoreSteam, Microsoft Store
Release dateNovember 6, 2017October 2017October 2017October 2017October 2017
Launch Price$499$449$449$449$399
Current Price$499$399$449$399$399

Mobile VR headsets that require a smartphone

Samsung Gear VRGoogle Daydream ViewZEISS VR One Connect
Field of viewAbout 100 degreesAbout 100 degreesAbout 100 degrees
Tracking SystemAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity SensorPhone dependentPhone dependent
Room scale supportNoNoNo
Weight344.73g261gTBD
Integrated HeadphonesNoNoNo
Built-in MicNoNoNo
Compatible DevicesGalaxy S8+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+Galaxy Note8, Moto Z2 Force, Pixel, Pixel 2, Axon 7, Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Mate 9 Pro, Porsche Design Mate 9Modern Android and iPhones between 4.7 and 5.5 inches
ControllersHandheld controllerBluetooth controllerBluetooth wireless controllers
Store compatibilityOculus Store, Gear VRGoogle Play StoreSteamVR, Google Play, Apple Store
Release dateNovember 27, 2015November 10, 2016May 2018
Launch Price$99.99$79 (first gen)/$89 (second gen)$150 (with controllers)
Current Price$99.99$79 (first gen)/$89 (second gen)NA

All-in-one VR headsets

All-in-one VR headsets are mobile VR headsets that don't require a smartphone. This means they feature built-in processors, RAM, and batteries.

Oculus Go is an example of an all-in-one VR headset.
Oculus Go is an example of an all-in-one VR headset.
Oculus GoOculus Santa CruzPico NeoLenovo Mirage Solo Daydream
Resolution2560x1440TBD2880x1600 (1440x1600 resolution per eye)2560x1440
Refresh rateTBDTBD90HzTBD
Display typeLCD, "fast switch"TBDTBD5.5-inch display
Field of viewAbout 110 degreesTBDTBDAbout 110 degrees
ProcessorSnapdragon 821TBA mobile processorQualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAMQualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 with 4GB of RAM
Built-in storage32GBTBDSD card support up to 128GB64GB + MicroSD card slot
Battery sizeTBDTBDTBD4,000 mAh
Tracking SystemAccelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometerSeven sensors + Constellation6DoF trackingWorldSense’s inside-out positional tracking
Room scale supportNoYesTBDTBD
WeightTBDTBDTBD644.1g
Integrated HeadphonesYesYesYesNo
Built-in MicTBDTBDTBDTBD
ControllersWireless remoteWireless tracked controllers6DoF wireless hand controllersWireless Daydream controller
Store compatibilityOculus Store, Gear VROculus StoreTBDTBD
Release dateEarly 2018TBDTBDSpring 2018
Launch Price$199TBD$749TBD
Current PriceNANANANA

With so many VR specs to parse, we've highlighted some interesting tidbits below:

Which VR head-mounted display (HMD) has the sharpest resolution screen? Currently, the Samsung Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset offers the highest resolution with a 2880x1600 panel. The forthcoming HTC Vive Pro will also use the same resolution, but the Pimax 8K headset, set to release later this year, will feature two 3840x2160p panels.

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Which VR headset offers the widest field-of-view? Most of the VR headsets currently out on the market feature FOVs around 100 to 110 degrees. It's difficult to pinpoint an exact degree because your FOV will vary depending how close your eyes get to the lenses. Pimax's 8K headset is advertising a 200 degree FOV when it releases.

Which headset has the highest refresh rate? PlayStation VR's panel is capable of reaching 120Hz, whereas most other VR headsets refresh at 90Hz.

Why does a high refresh rate matter for VR? While most monitors use a 60Hz refresh rate, research thus far dictates that 90Hz or higher is desired for a smooth VR experience that mitigates judder and motion sickness.

What is the difference between an OLED and LCD screen? OLED screens feature individually lit pixels, which allow them to reach deeper black levels than LCD equivalents.

Which VR headset is the lightest? If you're counting mobile VR headsets, then Google's Daydream View is currently the lightest, weighing 261 grams without a phone. On the desktop side, Acer's Windows Mixed Reality headset is the lightest at 350 grams.

Which VR headset is the heaviest? HP's Mixed Reality headset is the heaviest at 834 grams.

Which VR headset is the cheapest? The first-generation Google Daydream headset is the cheapest at $79. If you're not including mobile VR HMDs then it's Sony's PSVR at $350.

Which VR headset is the most expensive? The HTC Vive is currently the most expensive VR headset at $599.

What is room scale VR? Unlike seated or standing experiences, room scale tracking allows you to walk around your tracked physical environment, which can bolster your VR experience.

What VR headsets are capable of room scale VR? The HTC Vive was the first VR system to support room scale right out of the box right. The Oculus Rift also supports room scale, but requires the purchase of a third optional sensor. Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality headsets support room scale. Forthcoming headsets that will support room scale include the HTC Vive Pro, Pimax, LG VR headset, and Oculus Santa Cruz.

Can the Oculus Rift play SteamVR games? Yes. Not all, but the majority of SteamVR games support the Oculus Rift.

Can the HTC Vive play games on the Oculus store? Kind of. It requires a third-party mod called Revive and the quality can vary from game to game.

What are the VR system requirements for the Oculus Rift?

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater

  • Intel i5-4590 processor equivalent or greater

  • 8GB+ RAM

  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

  • 2 USB 3.0 ports

  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

What are the VR system requirements for the HTC Vive?

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater

  • Intel i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 processor equivalent or greater

  • 4GB+ RAM

  • One HDMI 1.4 or one DisplayPort 1.2

  • One USB 2.0

  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

What are the VR system requirements for Windows Mixed Reality headsets?

  • Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 (GT2) equivalent or greater DX12 API Capable GPU

  • Intel Mobile Core i5 (e.g. 7200U) Dual-Core with Hyperthreading equivalent

  • 8GB+ Dual Channel required for integrated Graphics

  • HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 for 90Hz head-mounted displays

  • USB 3.0 Type-A or USB 3.1 Type-C Port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode

  • Bluetooth 4.0 for accessories

What are the requirements for PlayStation VR? A PS4, PS4 Slim, or PS4 Pro.

Will PlayStation VR games look or perform better with the PlayStation 4 Pro? In games that are optimized to take advantage of the PS4 Pro's extra processing power, users can experience a crisper image via supersampling, improved graphics, or sometimes both.

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