What is the difference between Virtual Reality Technologies?

Virtual Reality is an exciting technology, and companies use different ways to achieve better VR Experiences. Whether it’s tracking methods or video quality or, you will find the difference in all headsets. This guide will outline the major differences between the headsets from popular companies such as Oculus & HTC Vive. Let’s get started.

What is the difference in tracking methods between Oculus & HTC Vive

Oculus & HTC Vive are two of the biggest VR products out there, and both companies use different tracking methods in their VR Headsets. This section will outline the tracking methods for different VR Headsets from Oculus & HTC Vive.

Oculus Rift S Tracking Method

Oculus Rift S is one of the most popular VR Headset out there. When it comes to tracking, Oculus Rift Supports the 6 degrees of freedom (6-DOF), allowing the Headset to easily register the complex VR interactions.

Also, it doesn’t need any external sensor stations to track the movements as it uses the 5 built-in cameras to track the controllers and movements of the users. It’s important to note that the new quest models will replace the rift.

Oculus Quest Tracking Method

Oculus Quest is another very promising Virtual Reality Headset that offers the great Virtual Reality Experience. Just like Rift S, Oculus Quest also comes with 6 degrees of freedom (6-DOF), and it also doesn’t require any additional external base station or sensors to track your movement.

It uses the 4 built-in cameras in the Headset to track your movements, and it does so accurately. The best thing about Oculus Quest tracking is that it works well even in low light, which is pretty remarkable. A new quest is also on the way as of writing.

HTC Vive Pro Tracking Method

HTC Vive Pro is top of the line VR Headset that uses the Lighthouse tracking system to track users’ movements. In this system, you will need to put at least 2 and up to 4 base stations to track your movements.

Along with base stations, HTC Vive Pro also comes with two cameras in front of the Headset, which is used for tracking fingers and hand gestures. The combination of base stations and camera tracking makes the HTC Vive Pro the VR Headset with the most accurate tracking.

HTC Vive Cosmos Tracking Method

HTC Vive Cosmos is an advanced VR Headset that uses the inside-out tracking system. The Headset comes with 6 built-in cameras that are used for tracking your movements.

The problem with HTC Vive Cosmos is that the tracking is not very accurate. The Headset has some other known issues as well, and HTC Vive is aware of it. The company has tried to fix these issues with software updates, but we haven’t experienced any significant improvement.

What is the difference in Video Quality between Oculus & HTC Vive

When it comes to video quality, each VR Headset comes with different Displays that affect the video quality. Let’s take a look at the Video Quality differences in popular VR Headsets.

Oculus Rift S Video Quality

Oculus Rift comes with an LCD panel that has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 px. The display comes with a refresh rate of 80 Hz, which may sound unimpressive, but for the price, its great configuration, and you get a really good video quality.

Oculus Quest Video Quality

Oculus Quest is a premium VR headset with a Pentile OLED display, which offers clear and crisp videos. The display in Oculus Quest has a resolution of 1440 x 1600 px and comes with a refresh rate of 72 Hz. The company makes up for the lower refresh rate by including high-quality Fresnel Lenses, and the difference between 90 Hz and 72 Hz is almost non-existent.

HTC Vive Pro Video Quality

HTC Vive Pro is the oldest VR Headset of the bunch, but it still offers much better video quality. It comes with an OLED display that has a resolution of 2880 x 1600 PX. Also, it has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which enhances the overall VR Experience.

HTC Vive Pro also features the “Eye-tracking technology,” which allows the Headset to track your eye movements and dedicate the resources to an object or area where the user is looking. Overall, the combination of great display and eye-tracking technology offers the best video quality in HTC Vive Pro.

HTC Vive Cosmos Video Quality

HTC Vive Cosmos also offers much better video quality. It comes with the two individual LCD Panels with a resolution of 2880 x 1700 PX. The displays come with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which enhances the overall experience.

The company has used the high-quality LCD Panels in HTC Vive Cosmos, which offers better colors and deeper blacks, which you usually don’t get in LCD Displays.


That’s all, folks. In this guide, we outlined the major differences between Oculus & HTC Vive in terms of Tracking methods and Video Quality. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below. Also, visit our website for more useful guides on Virtual Reality.

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