The PSVR has been the runaway success of the current VR headset generation, recently becoming the best selling headset . The Oculus Go, which has both a 32GB (check price) and 64GB (check price) version, is an all in one VR headset with no external requirements. Oculus will seek to challenge the PSVR as the most accessible advanced VR headset on the market. There has been a lot of talk about the Oculus Go and how it could make VR “mainstream” (haven’t we heard that before?), but how does it compare to the PSVR in terms of quality and usability?
PSVR vs Oculus Go
|Field of View||110°||100°|
|Max Resolution||1920×1080(960 × 1080 per eye)||2560 x 1440|
|Screentype||AMOLED||Fast-Switch WQHD LCD|
|Max Refresh Rate||90Hz, 120Hz||60 Hz|
|Tracking||6 DOF PlayStation Camera optical 360-degree LED tracking||Orientational Tracking|
|Requirments||Playstation 4, Playstation Camera||None|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
You may look at this above comparison table and still not be sure which headset is the best, so let’s clear a few things up. Generally the most important features of any VR headset are the quality of the image and the ability to accurately track movements. The former is important for immersion and watching 360 video and the latter is more useful for gaming.
The quality of a VR image is determined by the type of screen, its size and how many pixels it can display at once. Other considerations include refresh rate and the design of the headset to minimize the amount of outside light that leaks through. As the screen is so close to your face when you play VR games and watch 360 video, it’s important to have as many pixels as possible and for those pixels to display colors vibrantly.
The Oculus Go comes fitted with an LCD screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, which is far higher than the PSVR 1920 x 1080. The PSVR utilizes a AMOLED screen which is considered to be the superior screen technology for VR doe to its ability to properly display blacks as well as more saturated colors. Never the less, the low pixel per inch count on the PSVR and the very high resolution screen of the Oculus Go means that the Go is likely to produce a clearer image for your VR experience.
Winner: Oculus Go
Tracking in VR refers to how the system detects your movements and mimics them in the VR space. Some VR systems will track your whole body, whereas others can only track head movements. Tracking is more important when playing VR games as it allows you to interact with the “world” in a much more realistic way.
The Oculus Go has limited tracking capabilities and you’ll only really be able to turn in the 360 degree space and have it registered in the VR world. The Go does have a controller which allows you to point, select and click, however it won’t detect your arm movements or where you walk.
The PSVR features more advanced tracking features thanks to the Playstation Camera which is required for most PSVR experiences. The camera can track your arm movements so that when you move your arms in realty you’ll see your virtual arms move too. This gives you many more options when gaming and certainly provides somthing closer to the VR experience that we all imagined as kids.
One of the biggest struggles the VR industry has faced is the amount of equipment required to get the VR headsets to actually work. This issues is slowly being resolved and it’s certainly easier to jump into VR now than it was a year ago. The Oculus Go is perhaps the best example of VR becoming more accessible; there are no extra requirements and you can unpack and start using it immediately. The Go is the first all in one VR headset that doesn’t require a phone, PC, or any other system to work.
The PSVR was considered one of the more accessible VR systems as millions of people already own a PS4, however you also need a PlayStation camera and possibly the PSVR controllers to get the most out of the system. While the PSVR is much more accessible than some other headsets, it’s got nothing on the Go in terms of minimal requirements.
Winner: Oculus Go
Weight: For most consumer products weight isn’t a huge issue, but remember you’re going to be wearing these devices on your head for an extended period of time so the lighter the better. In this regard the Oculus Go beats the PSVR and is about 150g lighter, which is not insignificant. The PSVR itself isn’t too heavy and most people should be fine wearing it for up to an hour.
Memory: The PSVR utilities the memory on your PlayStation and will only be limited when your system space runs out. The Go has internal memory of either 32GB (see price) or 64GB (see price) which can not be expanded. This isn’t a huge amount, particularly if you intent to download 360 video to your device, which can have huge file sizes.
Gaming and App Library: Both systems have a large amount of VR content to consume. The Oculus Go has over 1000 compatible experiences as of now, some of which are designed specifically for the system and many ported from the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. You’ll also have access to Oculus Rooms, a social VR experience that allows you interact with people around the world in a VR space.
The PSVR doesn’t have quite as many games or apps, but the games it does have are mostly designed specifically for the system and are more advanced, taking advantage of the tracking features. The PSVR also has its own app for social VR. Both systems can use the YouTube and Facebook VR features to watch 360 video.
So which VR system should you invest in, the Oculus Go or the PSVR? It will depend on what your main use for the system will be and how you want to use it. If you are a gamer looking for an immersive VR experience, then the PSVR is probably the better system thanks to its tracking camera. If you want a more casual experience and are more interested in a high quality, portable device then the Go is built for you.
The Oculus Go will certainly be better for watching 360 video thanks to its higher quality screen, however the games won’t be as immersive. The PSVR has some truly excellent titles and an increasing number of ports from older games (Skyrim etc), but you’ll always be tethered to your PS4 and you’ll need to invest in more equipment.
If I HAD to choose between the two, then it would probably be the Oculus Go. I like the idea of being able to carry it to my friends house and have the try it out, and the high resolution screen (higher even than the Oculus Rift!) is better for viewing 360 video; something that I shoot a lot of!
Price and Where to Buy
The Oculus Go is one of the most affordable headsets, starting at just $199. It’s available on Amazon now.
The PSVR is available either independently or as part of a bundle that includes the camera, controllers and somtimes games. Thankfully the PSVR seems to be getting cheaper and Amazon is generally the best place to search for deals, but also check other gaming stores to be sure.
See Also: Ultimate VR Headset Comparison Table