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PlayStation VR vs Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive: Which Platform Holds the Future? [Poll]

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Virtual reality is the latest technology currently turning heads. The PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive are the devices wading in the VR technology pool at the moment. It could be confusing for curious customers which of these gadgets they must own.

Compiled below are the differences of these VR platforms from each other.

PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR, rumored to be released in 2016, has a panel size of 5.7 inches and an OLED display with 1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye) resolution, Digital Trends wrote. Other features include a 100-degree field of view, accelerometer, gyroscope, PlayStation Eye tracking system, HDMI + USB connection, 3D audio, and the PlayStation Move and Dual Shock 4 controller as its input.

During EGX 2015, SCE's Simon Benson described the PlayStation 4 as the "most powerful console there is" and that the device is an "amazing platform" for virtual reality, PlayStation Lifestyle reported.

"The PlayStation 4 delivers a high-definition image, stereoscopic at 120 frames a second, which is double what most games that you imagine today deliver," Benson added, as quoted by PlayStation Lifestyle.

Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift has an OLED display with a resolution of 2160 × 1200 and an 11-degree field of view, Digital Trends noted. Other specs include an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, external Constellation tracking system, HDMI + USB connection, built-in headphones and microphone, 3D audio, and an Oculus Touch with Xbox One controller for its input. The device bows in Q1 2016, with pre-orders kicking off in late 2015.

Oculus Rift's official website touts its product as a device with "state of the art display and optics designed specifically for VR." Its "high refresh rate and low-persistence display" function well with its "custom optics system to provide incredible visual fidelity and an immersive, wide field of view," the Web page added.

There's also the Oculus Touch, a new pair of tracked controllers that improves VR gaming, the website noted. Oculus co-founder and vice president Nate Mitchell said that the device will cost at least $300, PC Gamer reported. The planned consumer Rift comes with the headset, sensor, and Xbox One controller.

HTC Vive

The HTC Vive's headset is powered by SteamVR and tracks positions, Wired wrote. The device's official site indicated a 1,200 by 1,080 pixel screen in front of each eye, with refresh rates of 90 frames per second. The gadget also displays "photorealistic imagery that fills your field of vision in all directions, eliminating the jitter common to previous VR technologies," the Web page added.

Other specs include a gyrosensor, accelerometer, laser position sensor, and ergonomic VR game controllers. For more info, head to the gadget's official site.

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