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Virtual Reality Headsets

Virtual Reality Headsets

Virtual Reality is the next big thing in gaming but, unlike the 90s, the hype is real. Whether you are interested in the HTC VIVE, HTC VIVE PRO, Oculus Rift or a Windows Mixed Reality headset like the ACER AH101, here at Overclockers UK we have you covered

What are the key differences between the main PC compatible VR headsets?

The VR headset market is flooded with options but what are the real key differences? How do you know which to choose? We will take a brief look at the different PC headsets and help you pick which is right for you. 

 

Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift is one of the first ‘true’ VR headsets and initiated its Kickstarter campaign in 2012 raising $2.5 million before going on to full release mid 2016. Containing 2 high-resolution OLED displays with a respectable 1080x1200 resolution per eye, a 90Hz refresh rate which helps minimise motion sickness, a fairly standard 110° field of view, built-in headphones and positional tracking thanks to Constellation (Oculus’s optical tracking system).

The Rift was originally conceived as a 'sit down' VR gaming headset which offered realism never seen before. Although the experience was groundbreaking, it was incomplete. Thankfully this has now changed and the Rift is room scale capable (with the addition of extra Constellation trackers) and comes supplied with full wireless touch controllers enabling a complete VR experience without breaking the bank.

As with the other high-end VR headsets they are designed to be used with a mid to high-end PC such as those in our VR Gaming PC range. The Rift utilises both Oculus's software and Steam VR unlocking access to a massive library of games overshadowing the competition.

The Verdict

If you already have a VR capable PC or are looking to purchase one, the Oculus Rift is a reasonably priced, high-quality VR solution, with a massive selection of games! Unfortunately, you will need to pay to upgrade to full room scale but if you are mainly going to use seated do you really need it?

Perfect for:

  • Those wanting to experience high-quality VR for the first time
  •  People who aren't bothered about room scale and will generally be seated 
  • Gamers who want the best of both worlds and want to be able to play both Oculus and Steam games
  • The budget conscious 

Oculus Rift Recommended PC Specs

  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
  • Alternative Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
  • Memory: 8 GB+ RAM
  • Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • USB Ports: 3 x USB 3.0 ports plus 1 x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10

 

Virtual Reality Headset

HTC VIVE 

Developed by HTC and Valve, the HTC VIVE was unveiled during HTC's Mobile World Congress keynote in 2015 and released in 2016, a tad before the Oculus Rift. The VIVE from the get-go enabled complete 360-degree room scale tracking and came as standard with tracked wireless motion controllers. This gave the HTC VIVE a huge advantage and offered an experience far in advance of the Rift.

Unfortunately for HTC, this was short lived and today both the VIVE and RIFT headsets offer room scale tracking and motion/touch controllers (although to varying degrees of accuracy). If you do want to enable the Oculus Rifts room scale tracking abilities you need to purchase additional hardware whereas the HTC VIVE offers it as standard.

In regards to headset specifications, the VIVE and Rift go pretty much head to head with suble design, weight, and ergonomic differences. The most striking visual and technological difference is that VIVE houses a front-facing camera and 37 sensors providing fluid motion tracking. The camera is particularly innovative enabling HTC's Chaperone safety system which casts a virtual 15 x 15 grid overlayed over your room so you dont bump into walls ruining immersion. 

In recent months the VIVE PRO has launched offering much higher resolution screens (1440 x 1600 per eye), improved ergonomics, 3D Spatial audio, larger and more accurate room scale tracking (20 x 20) and even dual front-facing cameras. The VIVE PRO is currently leagues ahead of the competition but comes at a high price somewhat limiting its appeal. 

The Verdict

The HTC VIVE is possibly the more refined, albeit more expensive VR headset. You get a very high-quality headset, with a great range of games and complete room scale tracking out of the box unlike its competitors. If you have the money to spend and want to experience the very best PC VR has to offer, I would advise choosing the HTC VIVE PRO.

If you already have an HTC VIVE you can upgrade to the latest and greatest simply by purchasing the headset only. Would we advise the upgrade? If you have the money to splash, absolutely! 

Perfect for:

  • Those wanting the ultimate VR experience  
  • People who want to utilise full immersive room scale VR and spend most of the time standing
  • Professional application 
  • Those with a little extra cash to spend 

HTC VIVE Recommended PC Specs:

  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce™ GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 480, equivalent or better
  • CPU: Intel™ Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, equivalent or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM or more
  • Video Output: 1x HDMI 1.4 port, or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 2.0 port or newer
  • OS: Windows™ 7 SP1, Windows™ 8.1 or later or Windows™ 10

HTC VIVE PRO Recommended PC Specs:

  • Graphics Card:NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 480, equivalent or better
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, equivalent or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM or more
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port or newer
  • OS: Windows® 8.1 or later, Windows® 10 / Upgrade to Windows® 10 for the best results with the dual front-facing cameras

 

Virtual Reality Headset

Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

Windows Mixed Reality launched in the Fall of 2017 providing mixed reality experiences with compatible headsets. Currently, headsets only provide VR but AR (augmented reality) headsets such as the HoloLens will be coming in the near future.

Mixed Reality Headsets although very similar to the HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift generally have minimal tracking abilities which dramatically hamper room scale gaming. On the flip side, a huge advantage over other headsets is that mixed reality doesn't require a high-spec computer and will run on nearly anything with Windows 10 installed! 

Personally, we cannot recommend for gaming but for everything else they are fantastic. Don't get us wrong you can play games but it's not quite at the same level as the Rift or VIVE. We would also advise choosing a model with 90Hz refresh rate to help avoid motion sickness. Anything lower and you may struggle to use for extended periods of time.

The Verdict

Mixed Reality headsets are pretty much plug and play requiring very limited setup. They will also run on nearly any PC which means you don't have to purchase expensive upgrades. If you simply want a zero hassle approach to VR then you cannot go wrong with Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets.

Perfect for:

  • Those wanting a mainly seated VR experience  
  • People with lower spec computer hardware
  • Watching media
  • Interacting with virtual environments and virtual desktops
  • Schools and educational applications 
  • Professional application 

Microsoft Mixed Reality Recommended PC Specs:

  • Graphics Card: Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 (GT2) equivalent or greater 
  • CPU: Intel Mobile Core i5 (e.g. 7200U) Dual-Core with Hyperthreading, equivalent or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM or more
  • Video Output: HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 for 60Hz head-mounted displays
  • Video Output: HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 for 90Hz head-mounted displays
  • USB Ports: USB 3.0 Type-A or USB 3.1 Type-C Port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 for accessories
  • OS: Windows 10

The Conclusion 

If your PC can handle VR's hardware demands and plan on gaming you cannot go wrong with either the Oculus Rift or HTC VIVE. For us, the VIVE takes the crown due to the addition of room scale tracking out of the box. With this said, it's not needed and if you will mainly use the VR seated then the RIFT is a perfect choice. On the other hand, if you only have a low-end computer or you are not planning on gaming why not choose the latest Windows Mixed Reality Headset?

Whichever option you choose you will absolutely love the immersion virtual reality offers.

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