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PlayStation VR

Implementation of VR in reality

Oculus Rift

Sony PlayStation VR (PSVR) sold ton devices since its launch, and we’re not surprised. Everyone wants to get into virtual reality (VR) for the first time, and PSVR makes that step really easy. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking at price, customization, or system requirements. PSVR is the best headset for any home.

$350 on Amazon


  • Package options to save money
  • Requires only PlayStation 4 to run
  • PlayStation VR exclusive
  • Easier setup and maintenance


  • Less Resolution
  • Sensors cause visual shaking more than Oculus Rift

While Oculus is without a doubt one of the biggest brands in the VR world, there are plenty of competitors out there at the moment. The system requirements for using the headset are enough to discourage users from buying one, but the experience that the Oculus Rift offers is phenomenal. Higher resolution, more freedom, and better tracking might make you turn your head back.

$400 on Amazon


  • Best screen resolution
  • 110 degrees of field of view (FoV)
  • Inputs allow you to use most controllers with the Rift
  • Best Tracking
  • Oculus Rift Exclusive


  • Requires a computer for 700-800 dollars at least
  • Installation is difficult for new VR users

At a high level, Oculus Rift and PSVR work the same way. This is a display that you wear on your head and the light emitted by the display is transmitted by the camera in front of you. The cameras track the movement of your head by tracking how the lights coming from the headset move, and the display inside the headset adjusts the image you see based on the tracking of that head. When you look around, you can see the 360-degree world through a pair of lenses that warp the image on the display into something that is actually in front of you.

Hardware comparison

There are a few details that are significant when comparing the design of these two headsets. If you’re looking to pick one up this year, you’ll want to know which one will offer the best overall experience. So what about what’s under the hood?

category PlayStation VR Oculus Rift
display 5.7 inches 3.54″ × 2
permission 1920 × RGB × 1080 (960 × RGB × 1080 per eye) 2160×1200 (1080×1200 per eye)
line of sight 100 degrees 110 degrees
sensors Six-axis motion detection system, PlayStation Camera tracking constellation camera
connections HDMI, Aux, stereo headphone jack HDMI, USB 3.0 x2
input PlayStation Move, DualShock 4 Xbox Controller, Oculus Touch, Oculus Remote
dimensions 187×185×277mm(W/H/L) 171×102mm(W/D)
The weight 610g 470 g

The Oculus Rift boasts a pair of 2160×1600 displays, while Sony has a single 1920×1080 display spanning the entire headset. Oculus appears to have a significant advantage in screen resolution, which usually means everything looks better and more detailed in the Rift headset. In fact, the screen resolution in PSVR is actually 1920xRBGx1080, and this «RGB» average makes it so that the Sony display is much denser than the Oculus Rift.

A quick way to visually identify this is through something called the screen door effect. With Oculus Rift lenses, you can often see a grid of tiny black lines dividing the display. On PlayStation VR, this effect is much less noticeable. You get slightly less detail on PlayStation VR, but the shift away from the «nearly screenless» effect means the detail you see isn’t interrupted.

Style and comfort

PlayStation VR vs Oculus Rift: Almost Comparable

The way the headset is attached to the head is another important detail, especially when it comes to overall comfort. Oculus uses an elastic rail so you can put the headset on your head and secure the display to your face with Velcro. Once connected, the headset will not move while diving and jumping in VR. It’s not exactly comfortable for more than an hour, and the narrow display port means those with prescription glasses will be a little cramped, but it works.