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Battle of Reality, The PlayStation VR vs. Oculus Rift

2016 is without a doubt the year of virtual reality, as the year witnessed the launch of three major headsets. We would be taking a look at two of the top contenders for your cash, the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.

For a lot of people, picking between these options is simple. If you are a PS4 owner, then you would have to get the PlayStation VR and if PC games are your thing, then the Oculus Rift is what you need.

However, in spite of this obvious divide, there are still a lot of people that are confused on which to pick.

Furthermore, it’s important to know what makes them so different due to price difference. That’s why we have put together the main differences between the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR so as to make it easier for you to make a decision.

DESIGN

The PlayStation VR is without the better looking and easy to use of all the major VR headsets. It’s made with curved moulded black and white body made of plastic with flashy glowing lights and a design which spreads down to the front of your face.

Although it’s not subtle in anyway, it has the look of futuristic apparatus than a tool of torture. Also, the PlayStation VR is also made to suit people who use glasses because of the stays on your forehead instead of leaning on your face like a ski mask.On the other hand, the Rift is way lighter and comes with built-in headphones, unlike the heavier PlayStation VR (610g) which also requires external earphones or headphones.

SPECS

While other VRs that we have in the past are smartphone friendly, both the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR don’t even have smartphone adaptors.

The PlayStation VR comes with a 5.7-inch Full HD OLED and a resolution of about 960 x 1,080 and a 100-degree view. This doesn’t come close to the Oculus Rift, which comes with a 1,080 x 1,200 display.However, when it comes to refresh rate the PlayStation VR tops the Oculus with 120Hz, with the latter at 90Hz.

Another piece of information to take into consideration is the hardware provision. The PlayStation VR is made with an extra box that is meant handling the connection between your PS4 console and the headset. You can also connect it to your TV using an HDMI cable, so people around you will get a chance to see what you are seeing and understand why you are making weird gestures.

COMPATIBILITY

This is one area that the PlayStation VR edges the Oculus. It can be connected with the PS4 console which is without a doubt the most promising console of this generation, and also very affordable.

However, you need a PlayStation Camera, which cost about £40 to enjoy all its features. This is why it has external lights which are used to track the movement of your head.The Oculus Rift, on the other hand, needs a huge PC to run. Which are quite rare to find because they are not cheap even if you build yours.Below is the PC rig that you need to run the Oculus Rift:

 

  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290
  • Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • Input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

CONTROLLERS

The PlayStation VR makes use of a 2 Sony’s Move controllers, one that is tracked by the PlayStation Camera and one that is held by the hand. You thought they dumped the controller’s right? Ordinarily, a lot of traditional games can be controlled with the use of the PS4 DualShock 4 controller, which is already in the hands of every PlayStation VR user.The Oculus Rift comes with its own VR controllers that are specifically created with VR in mind. They also look odd like the headset but are as effective and fun as the headset.

GAMES

PlayStation VR without a doubt the king of gaming VR as they have a team of developers to call upon to create new content for them. One of these games are PlayStation VR from London Studios which is a collection of amazing minigames that will pitch you against gangsters in London, dining with sharks and enjoying the world of space. It’s one of the amazing way to make use the innovative headset.

On the other hand while the Oculus Rift team has been to set up a team of top developers on its own. Especially the heavy players in the PC development community behind it alongside traditional console developers. Their collection of games includes Take Edge of Nowhere, Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive.

PRICE AND RELEASE DATE  

It will cost you £499 to get the Oculus Rift, while the PlayStation VR will set you back at least £349, or $399. This shows that the Oculus is way cheaper than even the HTC Vive. If you go for the PlayStation, you will need to get a Playstation 4 Camera, if you don’t have it already this would cost you about £40.

SUMMARY

We’ve done a review on the two headsets, and, they were quite impressive for a couple of awesome reasons. If you are a gaming freak like we are! that admires the evolution of the PlayStation console, then the PlayStation VR is the MySmartShop recommendation for the all-round gameplay and affordability!

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