With the launch of Valve‘s new virtual reality equipment (Valve Index), fans of this mode of play are more and more in doubt which equipment to choose.
Although the cheapest equipment is still the Playstation VR, it is necessary to acquire a PlayStation for this headset to work, so the fight is against the two titans of the world of virtual reality.
If with all of these available choices you will get even more confusing, this article will make it easier for you to choose and lessen existing doubts on this subject.
The Oculus Rift S uses a stand around the head and with a button will tighten the band around so that it is comfortable for the user. This will allow the display to be less pressure against the face. There is also an adjustable band that sits on the upper part of the head.
The HTC live Pro and the Valve Index use similar headband styles, with a clamping band that sits around the user’s head and with a top band to become more stable. This format can result in more pressure on the face. But, all three handsets have a button to change the grip of the headset, making it much easier to put and take and be used by users with different head sizes.
The Oculus Rift S contains small speakers near the head to create a stereo audio sensation, but also includes a 3.5 mm headphone port for the user to use their own headphones. The HTC Vive Pro has headphones that are part of the headset so you can position it over your ears. Meanwhile, the Valve Index has an audio design similar to HTC Vive Pro but uses small speakers that do not pressure directly into the ears.
Setup, cameras, and connectivity
All headsets mentioned in this article require cables that will connect to a powerful PC. The Valve Index has a cable that at the tip will distribute on the USB 3.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and 12V power connectors. The HTC Vive Pro connection is made from a breakout box with a power connection, DisplayPort and USB 3.0. The Oculus Rift S connection is simpler because it has a cable that splits into a USB 3.0 and HDMI connector.
These devices have imbued cameras that can both serve for hand tracking, as they can serve for tracking the surrounding environment, but this situation only happens in Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, because the cameras of the Valve Index do not have any function.
Within the tracking parameter, the Rift S only needs the cameras imbued, while the Vive Pro and the Valve Index need an external camera to track the movements.
|HTC Vive |
|Resolution||2880 x 1600||2560 x 1440||2880 x 1600|
|Refresh Rate (Hz)||90||80||120 |
(Can bump up 144)
Vive Pro uses the same controllers as the original Vive. They have side buttons, triggers, two thumb buttons and a touch wheel at the top.
The Rift S uses new controllers with side buttons, triggers, two thumb buttons, a menu button, and an analog stick. These buttons have sensors that recognize when the fingers are on the button even if they are not pressed.
Valve Index controllers go much further than this. They use the tapes that secure the controls to the user’s hands. It also has triggers, two thumb buttons, a system button, a vertical touchpad for the thumbs, an analog stick, and grip sensors. The combination of buttons, sensors and pressure sensitivity (such as the Rift S commands) allows the controller to control each finger independently for a more realistic re-creation of hands in virtual reality.
The Oculus Rift S in relation to the price can be the cheapest of the three virtual reality equipment mentioned, for 399 $/353 €/300 £ can acquire the headset, the controllers and everything you need to use the equipment.
The headset from HTC Vive Pro costs 799 $/707 €/799 £, and to acquire the two controllers and the SteamVR 1.0 station, will add 299 $/264,50 €/200 £ to the base price.
The Valve Index headset costs 499 $/442 €/459 £, and for a complete bundle that includes the controllers and the SteamVR 2.0 station, you will pay 999 $/884 €/919 £.
But if you have any VR equipment for these last two types of equipment, you can always combine the two brands, and so you can save some money.
After being shown the characteristics and comparisons between these three types of equipment, the decision of choice depends on you, your budget and what are the features that attract you the most.