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How does the Oculus Touch compare to the Vive?

posted Dec 5, 2016, 6:00 PM by Blog Poster   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 6:00 PM ]
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The long nine months wait for the Oculus Touch is over and now with its release, the Vive vs Oculus competition has gotten even tighter. The Oculus Touch will run you $200 and for an extra $80 you can get a room-scale VR camera to go along with it, this brings it within the same price range as the Vive if you include the whole kit.

The biggest plus for the Oculus Touch over the Vive's controllers is their sleek ergonomic feel. After a while, it almost feels like you aren't holding controllers anymore. The Touch features many buttons on the controllers and even two thumbsticks, one for each controller. Clearly, when it comes to the feel and design of the controllers the Oculus Touch beats the bulkier, more awkward Vive. 

However, the Oculus Touch's room scale performance isn't as impressive. The smaller range of the Oculus room scale camera turns room scale into more like limited box scale. You won't be walking around the environment like you do with the Vive. Rather the Oculus room scale seems to be made more for body manipulation, such as for ducking or picking things up. However, unlike the Vive you can just add more VR cameras until you are satisfied with the accuracy and range. But when it comes to comparing a $800 Oculus Room scale setup and a $800 Vive setup the Vive setup clearly wins. 

If space is a limiting factor and all you prefer immersion, even at the cost of room scale accuracy, you may find the Oculus setup to be more useful for you. On the contrary, if space isn't a problem and you would prefer a  more solid room scale experience the Vive might be for you. Otherwise if none of the above matter then looking into the exclusives for each headset and their software compatibility could help make a difficult decision just slightly less so.

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