PlayStation VR vs HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift: Gaming Cost Comparison

With the launch of PSVR, Sony is giving other high-end virtual reality headsets in the market like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift a run for their money. But to get the best VR gaming experience, one needs more that just the headset. In this post, we are going to find out just how much does the perfect VR experience cost?

PlayStation VR vs HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift

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There are a couple of things that needs to be considered, for instance, the space requirements, hardware requirements, connectivity, et al. We are going to take these up individually and note that each of these factors is for each of the three characters.

PlayStation VR vs HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift: Required Space?

The space requirement difference for each headset. When the VR headset goes over your head, covering your ears and eyes, you are essentially cut off from the outside world. It’s important to stay safe as you wouldn’t want to stumble down the stairs while chasing down your enemies. Of the three, HTC Vive is the only one that uses infrared sensors around the room and allows you to considerable movements while playing. The only catch? You’d need a big place, creating which is going to cost you money, energy and time.

In comparison, the two other headsets don’t require you to make as many movements and therefore is a big save on the buck.

PlayStation VR vs HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift: Required Hardware?

The VR headsets are not stand-alone devices, they need to be plugged in with powerful not to mention expensive machines that can cost over $1000 if you’re planning to buy one now. And for people who have one already, they might need to upgrade to make it compatible with the VR. Either way, more expenses.

Oculus Rift has an optional controller called the Oculus Touch that’ll cost you around $199. The PSVR, on the other hand, doesn’t really require high-end PC because it works on the PS consoles. If you already have one, then all good and fine but in case you don’t, you’ll have to make an investment of $300 only. Also, you’ll need a set of controllers and a camera unit that doesn’t come with the headset unless you are buying the PlayStation VR Bundle.

PlayStation VR vs HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift: Connectivity

With regards to the wires that are standardly required in all VR headsets, it is an additional cost. You’d need to install the infrared sensors for Vive somewhere in your room, say the walls. You’ll have to set up the power supply and say you want to move on to the next room while playing, you’d need extension USB and HDMI cables, not to mention a gaming chair, a wireless keyboard and a mouse, if you don’t have them already.

It seems like the cost is piling up one by one. You need to have a good plan and a deep pocket with no holes to enjoy your VR gaming experience.

As per – a cost guides and cost-estimating consumer resources website – the costs of gaming in VR stand somewhat like this:

  • HTC Vive: for the headset, gaming PC, additional cables, keyboard, and mouse for installing in a separate room, an electrician’s services, and an anti-fatigue mat, you can expect to pay a total of $2225.
  • Oculus Rift: for the headset, gaming PC, Touch, and anti-fatigue mat you can expect to pay a total of $1838.
  • PlayStation VR: for the headset, console, accessories, and a gaming chair you can expect to pay a total of $1099.

We would want to end on a note that before going in to buy a VR headset, do your math. We hope you have a happy VR gaming experience in your brand new PlayStation VR. Stay tuned for more news on PSVR, gaming and entertainment.