Finding the right VR headset can be a daunting task. In this article, we’ll discuss the Oculus Rift vs Samsung Gear VR. The Oculus Rift is perfect for those with a PC setup for gaming, with a wide range of VR-ready games on the Oculus Rift store. For those just getting into the VR world, or for those that don’t want to be tied down to a computer, the Samsung Gear turns your Samsung smartphone into a VR gaming experience with access to the Oculus store as well. This article will look at the two headsets in depth, so that you can find the best one for your virtual reality needs.
Oculus Rift vs Samsung Gear VR: Specs
|Product Name||Type of Headset||Lowest Price||Resolution||Field of View||Sensors & Controls||Platform||Our Rating|
|Oculus Rift||Wired||$359.99||2160 x 1200||110 degrees||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Constellation Tracking Camera / Oculus Touch, Xbox One controller||Windows||4/ 5 Stars|
|Samsung Gear VR||Wireless||$44.00||Phone resolution||101 degrees||Accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor / Remote||Android||4 / 5 Stars|
The Samsung Gear VR is the perfect accessory for your smartphone, and is compatible with the Galaxy S6 up to the latest S8 and S8+. You can get rid of the clutter of wires by turning your smartphone into a VR headset. Being a mobile VR headset isn’t a limitation; the Gear VR has access to the Oculus library of apps, so that you can have a full VR experience.
For those with a computer setup for gaming, the Oculus Rift provides a full VR gaming experience. The package comes with two sensors that assist with motion tracking that allows you to be immersed in the virtual environment. It also comes with two touch controllers that connect to the headset so that you can see them ingame.
Oculus Rift vs Samsung Gear VR: Pros & Cons
Oculus Rift Pros
Oculus Rift Cons
Samsung Gear VR Pros
Samsung Gear VR Cons
|Over 400 titles available on the Oculus Rift website;||Host device (PC) can be costly if your computer doesn’t meet the minimum specs;||Wireless setup allows you to freely move around;||No positional tracking options available for the Gear VR;|
|Sensors, controllers, and headset work together to provide an immersive VR experience;||Can only use the Oculus Rift website to get games from;||Cheaper costs makes the Gear VR easier to purchase than a full VR setup. Sometimes you can it at a discount/free with new phone offers;||The only Gear VR compatible phones are the newer Samsung phones;|
|A wider field of view allows you to see more of the worlds and games that you are playing in;||Cables connected to your computer can be bulky and get in the way;||Has access to the Oculus app that will give you more mobile VR options over other mobile phone VR options;||Remote only allows a limited range of use and connects by bluetooth;|
Oculus Rift vs Samsung Gear VR: Design & Requirements
|Oculus Rift||Samsung Gear VR|
The Oculus Rift is designed with thick head straps that can be adjusted to fit your head size. The Rift is made of a mix of fabric and plastic, and is designed to be able to be worn over glasses. The Oculus Rift does require an Oculus ready PC computer running Windows 7 or newer. It requires a total of three USB ports, and a HDMI port to plug in the VR system. A program can be downloaded from the Oculus website to see if your computer is compatible, and if needed, you can purchase an Oculus ready computer for around $500.
The Samsung Gear VR is designed to be compatible with your existing Samsung Galaxy smartphone. A compartment in the front of the Gear VR houses your phone and connects by USB C. The full range of phones that are Gear VR compatible are: Galaxy S6 edge/+, S6, S7/S7 edge, S8/S8+, and the Galaxy Note8. The weight, once the smartphone is docked, is about the same to the Oculus Rift. You also need to download the Oculus Home app before being able to make use of the Gear VR headsets full capabilities.
Oculus Rift vs Samsung Gear VR: Controls & Display
The controller that comes included with the Gear VR is a handheld remote. It has a lightweight design, and has easy access buttons, a touchpad, and back trigger in its design. It connects via bluetooth to your Samsung smartphone. The resolution of the display depends on the Samsung smartphone being used in the headset.
The Oculus Rift comes with two touch controllers that connect wirelessly to your rift headset. Each controller has a total of seven buttons with thumbsticks on each side, and integrates with the VR sensors. The Rift comes with a OLED displays that provide a resolution of 2160 x 1200 with 90Hz refresh rates. What this means is less motion sickness and a better overall experience.
Recommended read: Oculus Rift Headset Review
Oculus Rift vs Samsung Gear VR: Setup
Setting up the Samsung Gear VR headset is going to be the easiest of the two due to the minimum amount of hardware involved. With the Gear VR, you just need to download the Oculus app, and then docking your smartphone to the front of the headset. Once you connect the phone via USB C, you can start up the headset, and follow the prompts.
The Oculus Rift will require some additional setup compared to the Gear VR. Once you’ve installed the included software, and updated your drivers, you can setup the different sensors and headset. You will need to connect each sensor to an USB 3.0 port, and the headset to a USB 3.0 port along with the HDMI port on your graphics card. If everything is connected properly, the software will let you know during the setup. Once everything is connected, you will have to calibrate the sensors, so that your Rift can accurately track your position and movement.
Recommended read: Samsung VR Headset Review
Oculus Rift vs Samsung Gear VR: User Experience
Both the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR use the same simple to use Oculus UI. In terms of controls, the Gear’s remote allows you to navigate the UI with ease. The headset itself rests comfortably on your head with adjustable straps. The Gear VR works well with keeping light out, and air vents throughout the headset keep the lenses from getting fogged up.
The Oculus Rift provides a full immersive experience into a VR world. The sensors tracks your movements. While holding the controllers, the sensors will track your hand movements as well. This allows for a more natural VR experience. With a higher refresh rate, you can experience less VR sickness from other VR options.
If you have one of the latest Samsung smartphones, the Samsung Gear VR can be one of the most enjoyable purchases that you make. It works as a great mobile VR headset that can provide you with a VR experience without breaking the bank. For those that want a more immersive experience, the Oculus Rift provides you with a wide range of available VR games through the Oculus Rift store. What experiences have you had with the VR world? Have you used either the Samsung Gear VR or the Oculus Rift? Share your experience in the comment form below!