Should you buy Quest 3 or Playstation VR 2?

Want to buy a VR headset this holiday season, but not sure which one? Let us help you make the right choice.

This article is written for people who are considering purchasing a VR headset for the first time this holiday season. For a more general introduction, take a look at our VR Getting Started Guide.

PlayStation, Meta and PC Virtual Reality: An Overview

This year saw the release of two next-generation consumer headsets, Playstation VR 2 and Meta Quest 3.

The cost of both is almost the same: Playstation VR 2 $550And Quest 3 $500. The most important difference between these devices is that Sony’s VR headset requires a PlayStation 5 and a cable, while the Quest 3 is a standalone device that doesn’t require an external device or cable to run. Below are some other important differences between these platforms.

If this is too much for your budget, you can a Meta Quest 2 for $300, but keep in mind that Quest 2 may become obsolete in a year or two. In fact, there are reports that Meta will soon replace it with an updated model at the same price (see Quest 2 or Quest 3 or just wait and see?).

If you have a gaming PC and want to play PC VR games like Half-Life: Alyx, you can do so with the Quest 2 and 3, either wired or wireless. However, note that setting up and using PC VR can be more difficult than using these devices in standalone mode and may require technical knowledge. I provide an overview of the benefits of PC VR in the linked article.

Apple will also launch a virtual reality headset in early 2024. However, at over $3,000, the Apple Vision Pro is beyond the budget of most consumers.

Should you buy Quest 3 or Playstation VR 2?

PS5 requirement vs standalone use

Playstation VR 2 only competes with Meta Quest 3 in terms of price If you already have a PS5 Or if a Sony console is on your Christmas shopping list anyway. PSVR 2 will not work without PS5.

Quest 3, on the other hand, can be used without a smartphone, console or PC because it has one It has integrated all the technologies. This has several advantages: one, you can use the headset without cables, which reduces the risk of tripping and increases your immersion and mobility while playing. It is also easier to carry, as the battery lasts for about two to three hours.

Graphical performance and software

On the other hand, Playstation offers VR 2 Much more processing power For higher resolution and more detailed game environments due to PS5 horsepower. However, for most games, the graphical differences between Quest 3 and PSVR 2 aren’t as big as Quest 2 and PSVR 2. This is also due to the Quest 3’s higher-quality lenses, which provide a much sharper image, and the new chip that renders. VR games at 30% higher resolution than Quest 2 by default.

However, graphically demanding titles such as Gran Turismo 7, Resident Evil Village, No Man’s Sky, and the PSVR 2 exclusive Horizon Call of the Mountain are only available and playable on Playstation VR 2. The Playstation Store offers around 100 VR titles to date. Instead, Meta Quest 3 with over 500 games, apps and native experiences in the Meta Quest Store, as well as access to a large library of VR PCs via cable or Wi-Fi.

It remains to be seen how Sony’s VR platform will be developed in terms of software in the coming years. There’s a lack of major first or second titles, and Sony’s commitment to the platform has so far been disappointing. In contrast, Meta owns several VR studios and co-finances more than 100 new titles currently in development for the Quest platform, including Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR and Asgard’s Wrath 2. However, no exclusive titles have been announced for the Quest platform. New VR headset yet

Technical differences

The Meta Quest 3 has the best lenses of any VR headset today and offers a lens Super clear image Right to the Edge With Playstation VR 2, you need to adjust the VR headset carefully to get the best picture. Instead, PSVR 2 games with brilliance Better black levels and contrast Neither headset is superior in terms of field of view thanks to the OLED display.

The Quest 3 pancake lenses also provide this possibility Slimmer form factor: PSVR 2 looks very bulky in comparison.

A key feature of Quest 3 that Playstation VR 2 lacks is mixed reality, the ability to render the physical environment in a VR headset in full color and combine it with digital elements. Mixed reality games And the applications are still very experimental, and the technology will take a year or two to reach its full potential. Check out our list of the best mixed reality experiences for Quest 3 to get an idea of ​​this feature.

Finally, Eye tracking It is an important part of Playstation VR 2. In games that support it, it can increase resolution, detail, and frame rate, as well as enable new game mechanics. Titles like PSVR 2’s proprietary telekinetic shooter Synapse wouldn’t be possible without eye tracking. Except for the Quest Pro, the Quest series doesn’t yet use eye tracking, but Meta sees it as a future standard for XR glasses.

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