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PS VR vs. HTC Vive! Fight! (thanks to nVidia!)

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Conclusions

Wrapping up

So there we have it. Two platforms, two VR headsets, two completely different experiences. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve not had any extensive time on an Oculus but will soon have a DK2 from a friend and will get some time to try it out. It may be that the motion sickness hits me on Oculus too in which case I’d have to look at the Vive if I wanted to go VR this gen, but then again it may not as it may be more about the frame rate being consistent across the experience, at this stage the evidence is inconclusive.

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But at the same time, some people aren’t as prone to motion sickness, some people also don’t want to spend the money on a fairly high end PC that’s needed to run a decent VR setup. nVidia said they were running the Vive on a 980 and the experiences I had on it seemed solid, but that’s not a cheap card. Then add the PC around it, along with the Vive itself (being the most expensive of the VR headsets for this gen) and you can see why the market is not expected to be huge for the first gen.

If you’re wanting to try VR and not spend a lot of money, the PlayStation 4 and PS VR are likely to be your best bet for a cheap way to try it out, but even though I may buy a PS4 again when they bring out Gran Turismo for it, I won’t be buying a PS VR. If I get VR, it’ll be for PC, I’ll obviously want to use it with Star Citizen after all!

Prior to these demos, I was entirely convinced I wouldn’t buy into VR this generation for all of the reasons I mentioned at the beginning of the article. Now, I’m not so sure and this is perhaps the greatest testament to the experience I had with the Vive.

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