Until now, Oculus and Vive has offered high quality virtual reality headsets, but, with the inconvenience of requiring a powerful computer and cables to work properly. It’s because of this that both companies are compromised to achieve a technology that reach a larger public.
What’s the solution? Standalone virtual reality headsets, no cables and more affordable than their predecessor. In this comparison we present the new model of each company, to know, Oculus Go and Vive Focus.
Virtual Reality with Oculus Go
Starting with the first thing we see in this model, its design. From the first moment we take it out of the box we can appreciate the ergonomics and the high quality in comparison with some other models with the same prize.
The Velcro tapes, the foam and the sturdiness allow a nice adjustment to our head for long sessions in the virtual world.
The model has two buttons, one to turn it on and off and the other to control the volume. It also has a micro-USB and a jack inputs for the charger and the headphones, respectively. If we want, we can use the integrated speakers the model itself has.
This headset has two LCD panels with a mix resolution of 2560 x 1440px and a refresh rate of 72Hz. This display’s characteristics are comparable with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive that work at 2160 x 1200px and 90Hz.
To achieve the independence of any other dispositive, except for the set up that requires a smartphone, this model uses a Snapdragon 821 microprocessor from Qualcomm, meaning that the graphic card, Adreno 530, is the one in charge of the rendering process. Sacrificing the graphic quality, it gets the autonomy.
The way to control this 3 freedom degrees headset is with a single remote controller which keeps the size of the Rift’s one but is more similar to the HTC controller. It has a big rounded touchpad, a home and a return buttons and a trigger at the back.
To finish with this model its necessary to talk about the battery duration, which, after a fully charge of 3 hours, goes from 2 hours to 2 and a half hours depending on what we do and meaning that sometimes is going to be hard to finish a movie with this headset.
The prize varies from 219€ to 269€, depending on the memory capacity we want, 32gb or 64gb.
Virtual Reality with HTC Vive Focus
Following the same order than with the last model, Focus present a curve design that completely brakes with the current esthetic of its predecessor making them more striking also because of the colors, but keeping with the high quality aspect that Vive has us used to. It has lowered the tapes to make this headset fit better.
Like Go, Focus has to buttons, one for turning it on and off and a second one to control the volume of the integrated speakers. For the charge and data transference we have a type C USB and also a jack input for headphones.
Moving to the display, it uses AMOLED panels with a resolution of 2880 x 1600px and a frequency rate of 75Hz, which on the whole it is superior than the Go headset not only in numbers, also while in use.
Like Go, Focus has a Qualcomm processor, but in this case it uses a Snapdragon 835 that also increase the performance.
The controller is very similar in comparison with the Go one, the only difference is that it also has a button to control the volume.’ Unlike the first model of this post, Vive Focus has achieved to maintain the 6 degrees of freedom.
The battery length is also slightly superior, reaching the 3 hours in use. For the memory we can insert a micro SD card up to 2tb, going so much further than the 64gb of the Go.
As we can see, Focus headset is better, meaning its prize is also higher, going from 520€ to 560€ approximately and depending on the color of the model.
In conclusion, depending on how much money you’re planning to spend you can choose between one or the other because both are good options to start in the virtual reality world, but, keep in mind that Vive Focus, althought it has 6 freedom degrees against the 3 freedom degrees of Oculus Go, is only available in China which can be a big inconvenience when trying to get one.
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