The Future of Virtual Reality Gaming is Here – HTC Vive VS Oculus Rift VS Project Morpheusby Abhishek P August 30, 2015
The gaming technology has come a long way in the past few years. In today’s virtual age, where everything is becoming virtual including – cash, bank, stock trading, education; gaming is not lagging behind. The gaming arena has seen the evolution of a new concept ‘Virtual Reality.’ The concept may sound like an Oxymoron where Virtual and Reality are sitting side-by-side but it is considered to be the next big thing. For gaming fanatics, who are constantly on the lookout for newer, better and far more entertaining and real gaming experience, they should revel in the Virtual Reality.
It is no surprise that although the VR market is quite at a nascent stage yet, the big guns is already vying for their market share and is getting right into the midst of the action. HTC Vive, Sony’s Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift are the current leaders and we at Versus are quite intrigued to dig deep and find out what these players have to offer so here we are again with our latest comparison. We pit HTC Vive, Sony’s Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift against each other and compare their features to determine, who’s ahead and who’s not.
At this point since all these devices are yet in the development stages, there is no clear picture on what the specifications would be like. However, some figures and rumours have been doing the rounds on the internet, which can be used as a base to establish the expected or supposed specs.
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There is strong evidence that Oculus Rift will have a display resolution of 2160 x 1200 pixels, split across both eyes. So each eye will have a resolution of 1080 x 1200 pixels. The figures were released by the Oculus chief architect, Atman Binstock in his blog post.
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For HTC Vive there are no concrete figures yet on what the finished model would be but the developer edition is known to have a resolution of 1080 x 1200 pixels per eye. Since this is only a preliminary device, you can expect an upgrade for the consumer version.
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As compared to its competitors, Project Morpheus is trailing behind; it has the lowest display resolution, which is supposedly 1920 x 1080 pixels, split across both eyes. So it will have 960 x 1080 pixels per eye resolution. In terms of the display resolution, it is wise to take all this information with a pinch of salt as you may see completely different specs when the device is out in the market.
It all boils down to this, what features you get to enjoy. All the three devices are focused on developing a killer feature that would support their VR headset, motion control system. Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus have already shown glimpses of their motion control systems.
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In an event before the E3 show, Oculus unveiled the consumer version of its VR device that showed its touch feature for the first time. In terms of functionality, the Oculus touch feature is very similar to Play Station Move Batons with the controller featuring a thumb stick, a trigger and two buttons for precision hand-tracking. The Oculus Rift will also feature an Xbox one Controller.
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HTC Vive is set to taking the gaming experience a notch about with its hand tracking system; it has to motion wants with standard triggers and buttons that provides a smooth and flawless tracking. The Two Lighthouse base station that are mounted on both the corner of the room serve as the playable area, while playing you can move around freely within that area, which is about 3 – 13 square feet. As you move in real around the space, it would translate into in-game motion in real time.
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Whereas, Project Morpheus uses DualShock4 or Playstation Move controllers for basic movement in-game along with the noggin-titling sensor work.
Both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift being PC devices will have access to steam its sizeable library of pre-existing VR content.
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Additionally, Indie and Triple A developers are working in developing new games for the platform to give the gamers a better and more enchanting gaming experience. One of the common game that fill feature all three devices, is the Surgeon simulator.
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If you thought Project Morpheus is lagging behind the other two devices, you are highly mistaken. At the games convention held earlier this year, there were plenty of teases for the Morpheus’ upcoming games. From the sporty Battle-Mech Combat of Rigs to Indie Adventure game, you will find it all.
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It is the all important factor of comparison and consideration for the ultimate consumers. All three companies have maintained a tight lip about the price of their devices however; the tech experts suggest that there are a few clear signs by which we can draw inference on how these devices would be priced.
Experts are of the opinion that HTC Vive would be costlier than its counterparts as the HTC officials have stated that they are aiming to provide Premium VR experience. Oculus has the reputation of being the best VR Company, and although there is no concrete announcement from the company about its new VR device price, comments the CEO, Palmer Luckey suggest it is likely to be priced around £300-£400. For Sony VR is still an uncharted market and since Project Morpheus requires a PS4 console to function, it is anticipated that the device will be priced around £200-£300. This is not confirmed yet; the price is subject to change depending on the manufacturing cost.
Let us see when these VR headsets are going to become actual reality and see the light of the day. As said, VR market is still at a bud that is yet to blossom but considering the rate at which the technology is progressing, the VR headsets should become the order of the day from early next year or may even sooner, who knows. Keep your fingers crossed.
If everything goes well HTC Vive seems to be well on the right track to be the first among its competitors to hit the market with its scheduled release slated to be mid-October this year. Both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus are slated to make their debut in the first half of 2016. However, there are some rumors that Project Morpheus will be released in the Q2 of 2016.
Well, this is not the end. HTC Vive also gives you a glimpse of how the virtual experience would be in this short video….