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December 9, 2017

Best Standalone VR Headset: HTC Vive Focus vs. Oculus Go

Ved Pitre VU Dream

Ved Pitre, VR & AR Writer

Facebook announced a new VR headset, the Oculus Go at the Oculus Connect 4 keynote. The significance of this device is that it no longer needs a computer or phone to function.
In the past, virtual reality headsets needed a phone or computer, but now with the Oculus Go, you don’t need another device.
HTC also announced a new standalone device. The Vive Focus will compete toe-to-toe with the Oculus Go for Standalone VR Headset King.
HTC Vive Focus
HTC Vive Focus Specifications:
  • 3K (2880x1600) AMOLED display
  • 75 Hz refresh rate
  • 101 degrees field of view
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Built-in microphones
  • Built-in speakers
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack
No official tech specs have reported by Facebook. But we do know that the headset will have three degrees of freedom (DOF) and a resolution of 2560 x 1440.
HTC will be using Viveport for applications on the Vive Focus. Oculus will be using the Oculus Store on the Go. Viveport is a subscription service that provides games and apps exclusively for the HTC Vive.

Oculus Go: Low-Cost Standalone VR Headset

At $200 it is more accessible than all other high-end VR headsets. Many customers will lean more towards the cheaper option if it can guarantee a great experience.
VR Content
Additionally, there is a lot of content for the Oculus Go. The Oculus online store has various virtual reality experiences that aren’t on Viveport.
Oculus Go seems like a great device for beginners who want to start using VR. Will Oculus deliver a great experience without burning a hole in your wallet? Time will tell.
Specifications are not as high as those in the HTC Vive Focus. This headset only has 3 degrees of freedom (DOF) which means the headset can only track head movements.
With the 3DOF, it won’t able to track your position in a room. This hinder the immersive experience feeling of VR.

HTC Vive Focus: High-Cost Standalone VR Headset

The specs on the Vive Focus are a lot more powerful than the Oculus Go. The fact that it is standalone and more powerful than the HTC Vive are both great selling points. With the sensors in the front of the headset, the headset has 6 DOF rather than 3. This allows for the Vive Focus to track your position in a room. Positional tracking would make the experience more immersive than the Oculus Go.
Viveport is subscription based so you can get all of the apps if you pay $6.99/month. Since buying games can be pricey, having a subscription could save the user money.
$600? 3x as much as Oculus Go
Vive Focus is $600. Most people are not ready to pay $600 for a headset. This is where the Oculus Go will beat HTC with their pricing.
Viveport Limited Content
Viveport is filled with games, experiences and tools. The unfortunate part is that there is no way to get games off Steam VR.
Steam VR has a wide assortment of high quality VR games and not supporting Steam is not a good idea. Viveport is still in its early stages and very limited.


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It’s too early to say which one will triumph over the other. HTC’s Vive Focus has amazing specs but lacks content and is $600. Oculus Go, on the other hand, has great content and low cost but is behind in the hardware specs.
What do you think? Which one are you going to buy?
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