The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been recently made official, and pre-orders have begunwith a price that had been a shock to many. On the other side of the emerging world of virtual reality entertainment, there is the upcoming PlayStation VR from Sony. How would the Oculus Rift differ from Sony’s proud representative in the virtual reality scene?
In a recent interview with IB Times, Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey was asked if he thinks that Sony’s upcoming virtual reality headset would pose as their greatest competitor. Luckey partially agreed but then explained that the Oculus Rift and the PlayStation VR are catering to different markets and that the PlayStation VR is not as “high-end” as their Rift.
“That might be true,” Luckey said. “I think that there’s not many people who already own a PS4 who don’t own a gaming PC who are going to go out and make that roughly $1,500 all-in investment in the Rift. It really is a separate market. They’re bringing virtual reality to a different group of people who I don’t think were ever really a part of our market anyway.”
Luckey then added that the PlayStation VR is not as “high-end” as the Oculus Rift and that the PlayStation 4 system is not a powerful as the minimum system requirements needed to ruse the Oculus Rift.
“It’s also worth noting that their headset isn’t quite as high-end as ours,” he added. “It’s still, I think, a good headset, and the PlayStation 4 is not nearly as powerful as our recommended spec for a PC.”
To know whether a computer can support the use of the Oculus VR, here are the system requirements:
- graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- memory: 8GB+ RAM
- output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
- operating system: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
The Oculus Rift is now available for pre-order for a price of $599 at the Oculus online shop.