Oculus Rift vs. PlayStation VR vs. HTC Vive – Price Comparison

Which VR gaming product offers the best value? It’s clear that virtual reality is going to be the next big thing in gaming. With the PlayStation VR’s release on October 12 2016, gamers will have a choice between three mainstream virtual reality devices; the other two being the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. How do they compare with each other in terms of value?


The PlayStation VR is a headset, that connects to Sony’s PlayStation 4. It retails for $399 and includes USB and HDMI cables, a connection adapter and a power cord. However, many of the PlayStation VR’s games also require a PlayStation Camera and are played using PlayStation Move controllers; which retail for $59.99 and $39.99 respectively. Considering that you also need a PlayStation 4 ($399), you’ll get the whole setup for around $939.

PlayStation VR


The Oculus Rift sells for $599 and comes with a headset, sensor, controller, cable and a free game (Lucky’s tale). The controller included is Microsoft’s Xbox One controller. Oculus has announced a new set of tracked controllers, called Oculus Touch for the Rift, which may be bundled with it in the future.

However, the Oculus Rift needs to connect with a PC in order to play games, and a powerful PC at that. Unless you’re an enthusiast gamer, it’s unlikely that your current PC can provide the computational power for the Oculus Rift.

Based on the minimum PC requirements Oculus has posted on its website, a new PC good enough to power the Rift will cost at least $900.

This is assuming you elect to build a custom PC and purchase your own parts at the cheapest rate you can find. A commercially put together gaming PC will cost you far more. Which means you’re looking at a minimum total cost of $1499.

Oculus Rift


It’s a similar situation with the HTC Vive. The HTC Vive retails for $799 and includes the headset, two controllers, two base stations and a link box. The HTC Vive also requires a hefty investment in a gaming PC with very similar minimum specifications to the Oculus Rift. One thing to consider about the HTC Vive is that it assumes you have a space dedicated to gaming.

Its sensors need to be placed high and on opposite ends of the room. These sensors require power and come with mounting brackets, so they’ll need to be affixed permanently.

The HTC Vive and a high end custom gaming PC will cost you a minimum of $1699.

HTC Vive


Note, that the above prices are list prices, you can commonly find all of the accessories for much cheaper online. Bundles may be available close to release; these tend to offer great value.


Each of these virtual reality gaming devices offer their own benefits:

The HTC Vive has the backing of Valve’s Steam, one of the most popular platforms for purchasing games on PC.

The PlayStation VR is a Sony product, a company that has been making excellent gaming consoles since decades.

The Oculus Rift is a lot more technically capable and offers a very polished virtual reality experience compared to its competitors.


Looking at the pricing however, the Sony PlayStation VR appears to offer the best bang for your buck, as of now.

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