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VR by the numbers - HMD specs comparison

VR by the numbers - HMD specs comparison

When we first started in the summer of 2016, the range of virtual reality consumer hardware was considerably smaller than it is now. Disregarding mobile solutions utilising smartphones such as Google Cardboard that begat Daydream, or Samsung's Gear VR, it was a two-horse race for 'proper' VR.

First to market was the Oculus Rift in March 2016 - albeit sans the all-important Touch controllers that wouldn't appear until August - with HTC's Vive offering a complete VR system from April. Console players could get in on the action from October that same year, thanks to Sony's hugely popular PlayStation VR, hamstrung though it was by already out-of-date controllers.

Why the history lesson?

Well, in the five years since, not only have we seen subsequent generations of hardware from Oculus and HTC, but we've also welcomed specialist newcomers to market from the likes of Varjo and Pimax, plus a rash of Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headsets in 2017 from more familiar brands such as Dell, Acer and Lenovo.

The specs have moved on too. From the Rift's resolution of 2160x1200, 90Hz refresh and a horizontal field of view of 88-degrees, to Pimax Vision 8KX's 7680x2160 resolution and 200-degree field of view, plus 120Hz refresh rate from the likes of HTC Vive Pro 2 and Oculus Quest 2.

All those numbers can be hard to keep track of now, so we've compiled the data from the most popular and noteworthy HMDs into the handy reference table below. We'll update it with the latest information every time a major new HMD is released, so bookmark this page today as a handy reference tool for the future.

VR Headset specs comparison table

Listed in date order, most recent first. Prices based on MSRP at launch, all specs correct at time of writing.

HeadsetNameResolutionRefresh FoVPriceReleased
HTC Vive Focus 3 4896x2448 90 116 $1300 2021
HTC Vive Pro 2 4896x2448 120 116 $1399 2021
Varjo VR-3 5760x2720 90 115 $5495 2021
HP Reverb G2 4320x2160 90 98 $599 2020
Oculus Quest 2 3664x1920 120 89 $299 2020
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite 2880x1700 90 99 $899 2020
Acer OJO 500 2880x1440 90 95 $399 2019
HTC Vive Cosmos 2880x1700 90 99 $699 2019
Oculus Rift S 2560x1440 80 88 $399 2019
Oculus Quest 2880x1600 72 94 $399 2019
Valve Index 2880x1600 144 107 $999 2019
HTC Vive Focus 2880x1600 75 110 $599 2018
Pimax Vision 8KX 7680x2160 90 200 $1849 2019
Samsung Odyssey+ 2880x1600 90 101 $499 2018
HTC Vive Pro 2880x1660 90 88 $1199 2018
HP VR1000 2880x1440 90 95 $399 2017

Dell Visor 2880x1440 90 97 $349 2017
Acer AH101 2880x1440 90 97 $399 2017
Lenovo Explorer 2880x1440 90 97 $380 2017
Pimax 4K 3840x2160 60 110 $375 2017
Sony PS VR 1920x1080 120 96 $299 2016
HTC Vive 2160x1200 90 88 $799 2016
Oculus Rift (CV1) 2160x1200 90 88 $599 2016
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