Bursting into 2016, virtual reality is all set to launch as Sony VR and Oculus Rift are both scheduled to be released. All that?s left is to pit each off against the other as which is better in quality, price and availability, and compatibility to consoles versus PCs for Sony VR and Oculus Rift respectively. Both devices are set to turn the virtual reality scene on its ears, but we compare the specs to see which will win the battle for virtual reality supremacy.
In the first place, Sony VR will work with the PlayStation 4, while Oculus Rift will need a high-end PC. “If you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR,” Sony Computer Entertainment vice president Masayasu Ito said in an interview with Polygon. “However, it requires a very expensive and very fast PC. The biggest advantage for Sony is our headset works with PS4. It’s more for everyday use, so it has to be easy to use and it has to be affordable. This is not for the person who uses a high-end PC. It’s for the mass market.” The resolution for Sony?s headset is also lower than that of its competitor?s.
Last January 6, the Rift’s price was finally announced at $599, given that there is already a powerful enough PC available. If not, buying a new high-end PC or upgrading the on hand will be a must.
On the other hand, as the release date for Sony?s VR is still not known, the price is also unknown but is estimated to be lower than its Rift counterpart. And Sony?s headset only needs the PS4, of which around 36 million have already been sold worldwide.
So counting on the fact that both sides still need consoles, Sony?s VR will cost an extra $350 on top of the headset, while a Rift-compatible PC will cost around $900 in addition the aforementioned price of the headset.
Therein is given that the quality and price and availability of the headsets are tied to their respective consoles. To consider one is to consider the other.
But given all the details mentioned, there is only one question that?s important: Which is better for you?