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Samsung Gear VR Vs Oculus RIft: Price, Specs & Compatibility Comparisons

Update Date: May 14, 2016 06:00 AM EDT
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Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift are both taking dissimilar routes in the realm of virtual reality and gaming, even if the former was a collaboration project with Oculus. Here we give you the hardware and other specifications of both consumer products as we placed them side by side. 

Since the Samsung Gear VR is directly powered by the type of Samsung Galaxy smart phone that you insert into  the headset e.g. the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 edge+, or  the 5.1-inch Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, the field of view is limited and will decrease when using the smaller Samsung phones.

Oculus Rift connects to a high-end personal computer thus a much greater field of view of 110 degrees.  Plus the use of OLED displays helps the reduction in motion blur.

The required hardware PC for Oculus Rift is Windows 7 SP1 or newer, 8GB of RAM or more, Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970/AMD 290 equivalent or greater, while as mentioned the Gear VR requires the following smart phones: Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+

The Oculus Rift has an advantage when it comes to the "sense of presence"in virtual reality with a higher frame rate of 90 Hz compared to Gear VR's 60 Hz.

The Interpupillary Distance Coverage for the Gear VR is already sorted out at 70 mm while the Oculus Rift can be adjusted helping the user fix such unusually small or large distance between their eyes.

Gear VR weighs just 310 grams while the Oculus Rift comes at 380 grams with color variants of Black and Frost White respectively.

The starting headset price for the Gear VR is at a slim 99$ excluding the cost of the phone of choice, while for the Oculus Rift is at $599 which includes headset, Xbox One Controller, Sensor Array, and bundled software. 

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