People worldwide spend more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people shift the spending and time to gaming for entertainment at home. As a result, the gaming industry faced formidable challenges and an unprecedented surge in consumer demand and disruption. The industry in a way is adapting to new consumption habits as people around the world are looking for ways to entertain at home and connect with people.
As talking about gaming demand surging, the battle for the best VR headset has never been more fierce than ever before. Also, not all VR headsets are created with the same features, and not all virtual reality games or experiences are available across every headset. That implies selecting a proper VR device for gaming does take time.
In this article, I will review Oculus Quest 2, which was acquired by Facebook and Playstation VR. The article compares them from several perspectives. By the end of this piece, you can make the right purchase decision to enhance your home gaming experience.
Design, Look, and Screen
The Oculus Quest 2 is designed to have a padded cavity that houses a pair of lenses that sit in front of a screen, giving you stereoscopic 3D visuals. Paired with motion sensors and accelerometers in the headset, you can move your head and see the motions reflected in real-time on the digital screen in front of you. Its outer shell is equipped with external cameras that can help to track your positioning and the position of the supplied controllers. And you can tighten the headset with a velcro, slightly elasticated fabric strap.
Quest 2 has a single LCD panel, that is split so as to display an 1832 x 1920 pixel resolution per eye. LCD also opens up an improved refresh rate of 90Hz to customers
The PlayStation VR design has the clean white curves of a spaceship interior, that is equipped with a black front panel and rubber face mask. The external PlayStation Camera tracks it with a matrix of glowing blue lights, which have 6 lining the headset’s edges, 2 on the back, and 1 right in the middle of the front panel.
Unfortunately, the PlayStation VR has a single screen that offers 1080 x 960-pixel resolution per eye, which is lower than Oculus Quest 2. This is the system’s biggest technical limitation, that causes PlayStation VR pictures to look fuzzier, and dark colors can sometimes appear muddy
Although PlayStation VR’s look and feel are much stylish and cooler than Oculus Quest 2, the picture resolution can be improved in the next generation.
Control and Tracking Accuracy
The Oculus Quest 2 VR headset comes with two controllers, which now offer double the battery life of the controllers. It has universally been praised for accurate tracking, although some have complained that the Oculus controls aren’t designed in a body-friendly format,
On the other hand, the Playstation VR has ping-pong style controllers. Nearly everyone agrees that it is saddled with the worst motion controls of any major headset. The Playstation VR requires not only the controllers but also a camera for accurate tracking. This means that if you move out of the view of the camera, you lose tracking completely. The controllers are pimpled with four minuscule face buttons that are almost pointless for anything but menu selections, with inlaid, difficult-to-find options buttons along the sides. The only useful elements are a single trigger and one large, awkwardly positioned button at the top.
So obviously Oculus Quest 2 wins this round. If you are more caring about control experience, PlayStation VR might be not your primary option.
Winner: Oculus Quest 2
Another main function of PlayStation VR is supplying 3D audio to headphones plugged into the headset’s inline remote. I believe it can impress users with the pair of earbuds that shipped with the PS VR. The audio is crisp and loud, with good spatial positioning. It sounds like I was on edge as I heard an enemy circling me underwater during the Resident Evil playthrough. Also, the experience is super cool to chat with your online friends, discuss in-game tactics and strengthen your immersion in the virtual world with the headset’s integrated microphone.
The Oculus Quest 2’s is equipped with built-in positional audio. The headset’s built-in speakers pump out crisp, loud sounds without the need for headphones. If you want even more immersive sound, the Oculus Quest 2 has a handy 3.5mm jack for connecting any headphones you like. The headset’s built-in audio feels like magic and adds to its pick-up-and-play allure even more.
The Oculus Quest platform does amass an impressively solid game lineup that runs the gamut from new takes on established AAA franchises to exciting indie titles that make full use of the Oculus Quest 2’s VR abilities.
Despite existing in a company-controlled walled garden, where has increasingly Facebook-oriented login and data policies, the Quest has turned into quite a destination for the best VR games like accessing top PC VR games like Star Wars, the climb 2, Alyx, cook-out, Myst, the walking dead, etc. The rate of good games arriving has been accelerating. It’s absolutely a great choice when you’re bored with the conventional game device and VR games.
Customers will have a wide selection of games to choose from the PSVR. Some games such as Resident Evil, Hitman, etc are definitely the ones we grew along with from Childhood till now. You would have a feeling of familiarity and witnessing the game storyline and experience development. It’s amazing. Also, PSVR does have some great exclusive games that aren’t available on other headsets, which makes its own unique game experience.
By connecting to a Playstation, the PSVR headset has access to many more, and many more recognized, games than Oculus. The Oculus Quest 2 is restricted to games built specifically for the Oculus ecosystem. The Playstation has a library that is unlikely to be matched by Oculus at any time, such as Iron Man VR.
Winner: PlayStation VR
Software and Apps
The Oculus Quest 2 is much more than a gaming device, with a healthy selection of entertainment and productivity apps that let you watch videos and collaborate with others in cool ways. We can look around in awe as we virtually stand at the top of Mount Everest in a 360-degree YouTube VR video, and feel like being at present when watching a virtual concert in the Oculus TV app.
Oculus TV app also lets us ride a virtual roller coaster. The Spatial app provides an impressively robust virtual workspace for collaborating on documents and 3D models. Meanwhile, the Virtual Desktop app allowed me to use my Windows 10 PC in an immersive VR environment.
PlayStation VR is putting itself as the other device screen, rather than using the TV or LED computer display screen, where we could of course watch Youtube videos, Twitch KOL game playing videos, etc like we use Playstation 5 entertainment Apps to watch. But the point is there isn’t too much surprise in the user experience. Thus, in a way Oculus Quest 2 can bring us some fresh experiences.
Winner: Oculus Quest 2
The Oculus Quest 2 is priced at US$299 you get a full standalone headset that works straight out of the box, while Playstation VR is priced at US$399,99. From this point of view, obviously, Oculus Quest 2 saves your dollars to enjoy the visual reality.
Having said that, PlayStation VR offers quite a lot of bundle deals like saying US$459,99 Iron Man package, which includes the game, ping-pong controller, camera, and the VR wearable device. So if you are considering buying accessories and games, I recommend you spend some time researching. The total amount might be lower than Oculus Quest 2.
Both devices share some similar features, however, I would say they are positioning quite differently and reach out to different customer segmentations. If you are a PlayStation game fan, it’s no doubt that PSVR is your option. Otherwise, Oculus Quest 2 would be your purchase decision if you are looking for an all-rounded experience, rather than vertically specializing.
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