The top VR Headset - Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR comparison, and more

HTC Vive

Probably the headset with the most potential, and certainly the most expensive, HTC and Valve's partnership is an interesting one. With Steam's vast library of both games and players, and HTC's lust for a larger foothold in the electronics market, the possibilities are boundless. We covered the Vive's release, so if you missed it, check out some cool videos and nifty information from our HTC Vive release article.

Price and Release

At a staggering $799 (£689), it is by far the most expensive of the VR headsets. The device was released last month however, and most of those who pre-ordered it have now received it. The shipping time and delivery rate seems to be extensively shorter than that of the Rift.

Hardware and Included Items
  • Vive headset
  • two wireless controllers
  • two base stations
  • link box
  • earbuds
  • Vive accessories

Also, Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption and Tilt Brush by Google, were all part of the pre-order, and seem to available for current orders too.

Do note that certain games also allow for keyboard+ mouse or controller support.

Specs and Prerequisites

The headset boasts 32 sensors, a 110° field of view, 2160 x 1200 resolution and a 90 Hz refresh rate. Again, like the Rift, you'd need a pretty decent gaming PC to use this properly.

Game and Software Library

The current number of VR games available from Steam sits at 202, up from 159 just two weeks ago. Add to this the fact that many games designed for the Oculus now seem to work on the Vive, and the fact that all of your Steam games are usable within the VR Theater mode in Vive, and you've got yourself the largest VR database so far.

  • Using your current steam games in theater mode
  • Steam VR and its growing library of VR games
  • Virtual Desktop
  • Unique controller (that is available with the purchase)
  • Fastest shipping time
  • phone service - answer calls in game
  • Dota 2 Spectator mode
  • Mac and Linux support

"Vive is a first-of-its kind virtual reality system developed in partnership by HTC and Valve. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR, Vive allows true-to-life interactions and immersive experiences thanks to stunning graphics, HD haptic feedback and 360˚ motion tracking."

Short and sweet summary

While clearly the most expensive headset of its kind, it is also the only one with unique controllers that you can use right away. You'd also get the benefits of the partnership with Steam and all that could entail. The top selling point though, is being able to use your current games in a VR setting, and above all else, Desktop VR. However, being relatively newer than the Rift, it does seem to lag behind quite a bit when it comes to user generated content.

Published Apr. 27th 2016

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