Playing a VR game is a truly remarkable experience, and if you ever have the chance to try a VR headset, you absolutely should do it. Is it actually worth investing in a headset of your own? Personally, we would say yes, if you have the money and a PC capable of running it. There’s a sufficient library of VR-enabled and VR-specific games available now for you to get a good amount of use out of it, although many VR-specific games are quite short experiences, so don’t expect one VR game to last you dozens of hours of play.
As for which VR headset you should buy, for the moment Custom PC recommends the Oculus Rift. With the touch controllers added into the bundle, it’s now capable of doing almost everything the Vive can do at a considerably reduced cost, even if you purchase an additional sensor for full 360-degree moment. The Rift is also more comfortable to wear for longer periods, and it’s easier to play SteamVR games through the Rift than to play Oculus platformexclusive games with the Vive. The Vive is still a fantastic system, and there are advantages to owning one, such as having all your VR games play straight through Steam, but at the moment the Rift is just a better all-round VR experience.
However, late last year, HTC announced the Vive Pro (see p14), a brand new Vive headset that includes integrated headphones, and a much sharper 2,880 x 1,600 OLED resolution, with a massive 78 per cent increase in pixel count over the standard Vive and Oculus Rift. The reports are that the
visual quality inside the helmet is much closer to a standard 1080p display. The Vive Pro is due later this year, but it won’t be cheap, with www.overclockers.
co.uk listing it for preorderorder at £799 inc VAT. Nonetheless, If the Vive Pro is as good as is claimed, then it will be a no-contest between Vive and Oculus (although Oculus is working on its own follow-up to the Vive) in terms of the experience. That’s for the future, however. At the moment, Oculus wins the day.