Specs comparison: Playstation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Gear VR

It seems like forever ago when Oculus made the first developer kit for their Rift headset. Since then we've seen announcements and models of several different VR units. Trying to decide which one is the right system for you can boggle the mind, especially when you consider the hardware you may need to purchase in order to be "VR Ready" on these sytems. And now with the official announcement of the Playstation VR, Sony has jumped into the ring to compete with the likes of the HTC Vive and the Samsung Gear VR.

So take a look and figured out which VR platform is in your future!

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CategorySamsung Gear VRHTC ViveOculus RiftSony PlayStation VR
1280 x 1440 per eye
1080 x 1200 per eye
2160 x 1200
1080 x 1200 per eye
1920 x 1080
960x1080 per eye
Refresh rate60 Hz90 Hz90 Hz120 Hz, 90 Hz
laser position sensor,
front-facing camera
360-degree positional tracking
360 degree tracking,
9 LEDs
Field of View96 degrees110 degrees110 degrees100 degrees
ControllerBluetooth controllerVive Controllers, SteamVR controller, any PC-compatible gamepadOculus Touch, Xbox One controllerSony DUALSHOCK 4 controller or PlayStation Move
Tracking areaFixed position15 x 15 feet5 x 11 feet10 x 10 feet
Minimum hardware requirementsSamsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 series, or Galaxy S7 seriesNVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 GPU,
Intel Core i5-4590 CPU,
4GB RAM, HDMI 1.3, USB 2.0
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 GPU,
Intel Core i5-4590 CPU,
8GB RAM, HDMI 1.3, 2x USB 3.0,
Windows 7 SP1
Sony Playstation 4
Consumer release dateNovember 27, 2015April 15, 2016March 28, 2016October 2016
Jen Karner

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