The introduction of new high-end VR headsets such as Facebook’s Oculus Rift S and Valve’s Index VR has been great news for virtual reality gamers. This two new high-end VR headsets have close similarities which has become a challenge for potential consumers to differentiate. However, we are going to compare this two VR headsets to reveal differences and assist you make a choice according to your needs.
Oculus Rift S has a halo-style headband that has a knob to tighten the band to fit on your head.it also has a band that is adjustable and goes on top of the head, it hence reduces the pressure on the users face. The valve Index has a headband similar to the one on Oculus Rift S but has a tightening band that goes on the sideways, it hence results in a bit more pressure on the users face.
Oculus Rift S has its speakers built on the headband and a 3.3mm jack to attach your own headphones. Valve Index on the other side has in-built headphones which you can adjust on your ears.
Both of the headsets require cabling to a PC, in the case of Valve Index the cable splits into a DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0 and 12V connectors for power. Oculus rift on the other case has a cable that splits into a HDMI connector and a USB 3.0
Both headsets have cameras, for instance, the Valve Index has two cameras aiming slightly downward but have no function. Oculus Rift S has a total of five cameras in front to aid in tracking
Oculus Rift S display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and 80Hz refresh rate. This is an improvement from the original Rift however, this reduces refresh rate speed. Its improved lenses reduce the reflective aspect in previous Rift. Valve Index has 130 degree field of view and a resolution of 2880×1600 and 120Hz refresh rate.
Oculus Rift S introduces new controllers with triggers, side grips, thumb buttons, analog stick and a menu button. The valve Index uses controllers with straps to hold on to the hands, this controllers come with triggers, system button, two thumb buttons, vertical touchpad, grip sensors and an analog stick.
Oculus Rift S uses inside-out tracking while the Valve Index has outside-in tracking.
Oculus Rift S costs $399 and this price is inclusive of VR headset and controllers as well as everything else needed for the Rift S. Valve Index headset costs $499 and when SteamVR 2.0 stations and controllers are included it will cost $999.