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Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Specs

Vive and Rift – how do they measure up?

It’s true that in most technology related areas, be it cars, computing, etc that for many people statistics are king. Even though how good an experience is, is not solely defined by how big the numbers are; the bottom line is that bigger is still seen as better. When it comes to a straight ‘Top Trumps’ style fight between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive the two are pretty similar. Both use OLED displays, they each have a field of view measuring 110 degrees. Their resolution and refresh rate are the same and they features built in audio input and outputs. Go past this however and the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift begin to trade wins.

The HTC Vive requires half the minimum RAM of the Oculus Rift yet provides a far greater tracking area and onlyt requires a singular USB port in contrast to the Rift’s reliance on two 3.0 sockets. Yet it also requires a slightly higher powered graphics card and processor than its rival, and whilst prices were relatively similar that situation has also changed.

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift Specs Comparison

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift Minimum Requirements Comparison

 Oculus Rift HTC Vive 
Display  OLED  OLED
 Resolution  2160 x 1200  2160 x 1200
 Refresh Rate  90Hz  90Hz
 Field of View  110°  110°
 Tracking Area  5ft x 11ft 15ft x 15ft
 Built-In Audio Output Yes  Yes
  Built-In Audio Input Yes  Yes
 Store Platform  Oculus Home SteamVR & Viveport
Connections HDMI, USB 2.0 & USB 3.0 HDMI, USB 2.0 & USB 3.0
Sensors Camera Accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope and Constellation tracking Accelerometer, gyroscope, front facing camera and Lighthouse system.
Controller Options Oculus Touch, XBox One Controller HTC Vive Controller or any compatible PC gamepad

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift Minimum Requirements Comparison

Oculus Rift HTC Vive 
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 /AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
 Processor  AMD FX4350 / Intel Core i3-6100  Equivalent to Intel Core i5-4590 or greater
 Memory  8GB+ RAM  4GB+ RAM
Video Output  Compatible HDMI 1.3  Compatible HDMI 1.3
Required Free Ports 2x USB 3.0 1x USB 2.0
Minimum OS Compatibility Windows 7 SP1 Windows 7 SP1
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