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Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR (2021): Comparing Popular VR Headsets

Anyone who’s had an interest in virtual reality has probably seen or heard about the Oculus Quest 2 and the Sony PlayStation VR. That’s because they’re two of the most popular headsets around, making VR gaming easily accessible.

However, not all VR headsets are made equal. For one thing, the Oculus Quest 2 is more flexible in that it can be used either wired or wireless. On the other hand, the PSVR requires you to be tethered to your PlayStation 4 or 5. That’s not all there is to them, though.

Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR Comparison Chart

ModelOculus Quest 2PlayStation VR
 Sony PlayStation VR
PriceCheck Price
DisplayLCD, 1832 x 1920 per eyeOLED, 960 x RGB x 1080 per eye
Refresh Rate60 to 120 Hz (72 Hz base default)90 or 120 Hz
Field-of-ViewAbout 90 degrees (estimated)100 degrees
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon XR2 PlatformConsole
Storage64 or 256 GBConsole
Connection1 x USB-CHDMI, USB
Weight1.1 lbs1.3 lbs

Usage

The Oculus Quest 2 is a standalone VR headset, while the PSVR needs to be connected to a PS4 or PS5.

Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR Usage
The Oculus Quest 2 (in photo) can be used wirelessly.

Right off the bat, the biggest advantage of the Oculus Quest 2 is you can use it right away, shipping with touch controllers and even AA batteries as standard. In contrast, the PSVR needs not only a PS4 or PS5 but also a PS Camera, both of which aren’t available out of the box, needless to say. Certain titles also need PS Move or PS Aim controllers, and if nothing else, that’s another purchase to worry about.

As noted, the Oculus Quest 2 is completely wire-free, so it’s easier to move around with. You can also connect it to the PC via an Oculus Link Cable. That way, you can get access to PC VR games, expanding your catalog. Meanwhile, the PSVR has to be connected to the console to work, and that means you’ll have limited space to work with. 

Now both are pretty lightweight, and neither one outshines the other in this regard. They’re also comfortable, particularly the PSVR and its halo strap.

Click here to see our comparison between the Oculus Quest 2 and Rift S.

Content

The PSVR has a better selection of titles than the Oculus Quest 2.

Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR Content
Here’s a look at Astro Bot Rescue Mission, a PSVR exclusive.

One of the main selling points of the PSVR is its exclusive games. That includes Astro Bot Rescue Mission, a 3D platformer that has elements reminiscent of Super Mario; Marvel’s Iron Man VR, which lets you take to the skies and step into the shoes of Tony Stark; and the first-person shooter Farpoint

There are also free games in the PSVR’s lineup, including The Playroom VR, a collection of mini games, and Rec Room, a virtual space where you can hang out with your friends and play a variety of games.

Staying true to its ready-to-use nature, the Oculus Quest 2 also has a pretty impressive roster of free titles, so you don’t even have to open your wallet to start enjoying the headset.

To begin with, there’s Elixir where you take on the role of an apprentice wizard and experiment with magical stuff to your heart’s content, and Echo VR where you’re in a zero-G space with the objective of shooting discs into your opponents’ goal. And then there are immersive stories in the mix too, like Dear Angelica and Traveling While Black.

Performance

The Oculus Quest 2 has better tracking than PSVR.

Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR Performance
Here’s a closer look behind the lenses of the Oculus Quest 2 (left) and PSVR (right).

Specs-wise, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The Oculus Quest 2 has a higher 1832 x 1920 resolution per eye, while the PSVR only has 960 x 1080. However, the PSVR has the better OLED display technology, while the Oculus Quest 2 sports LCDs. The PSVR has a 100-degree field of view, and while Oculus doesn’t officially state the Quest 2’s, it’s estimated to be about 90 degrees. The refresh rate of both can go up to 120 Hz, and in the Oculus Quest 2’s case, it’s thanks to an update—v28, to be exact.

As for tracking, the Oculus Quest 2 does a better job, or in other words, it’s more accurate than the PSVR. It even has hand tracking, so you can put down the touch controllers from time to time. Now the problem with the PSVR is it uses the controllers and the camera for tracking, and when you go beyond the latter’s line of sight, your movements will no longer register.

Considerations

The Oculus Quest 2 needs you to sign in to your Facebook account, but the PSVR obviously doesn’t.

Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR Considerations
The PSVR, PS Camera, and PS Move.

One thing that might put a lot of users off the Oculus Quest 2 is it requires you to sign in to your Facebook account. As everyone may know, Facebook and privacy don’t exactly go hand in hand. Nothing a burner account can’t fix, though.

As mentioned earlier, the PSVR isn’t a standalone headset. Besides a console, it needs a PS Camera, as well as PS Move or PS Aim for select games. To put two and two together, the Oculus Quest 2 provides the better bang for your buck since it works right from the get-go. But it’s worth pointing out that there are PSVR bundles that come with the necessary peripherals and a game or two.

Verdict

The Oculus Quest 2 and PSVR are excellent VR headsets but with some caveats.

To sum things up, the Oculus Quest 2 is more beginner-friendly since it’s packaged with all it needs to function, not to mention it can be used wirelessly, but you’re required to log in to your Facebook account. In comparison, the PSVR needs other peripherals that’s sold separately, and it has to be connected to a PS4 or PS5 at all times to use, but it does have some excellent exclusives.

Instead of declaring a winner, it’d be better to say that the Oculus Quest 2 is the better pick if signing in to a Facebook account is a nonissue for you. The PSVR is better if you want the platform’s exclusive games and don’t want to use a Facebook account.

FAQs

📌 Which is better, the Oculus Quest 2 or PSVR?

While the Oculus Quest 2 may be the more modern VR headset of the two, it does require you to sign in to your Facebook account before you can start using it. The PSVR also has a selection of exclusive games that’s hard to beat.

📌 Is 64 GB enough for the Oculus Quest 2?

If you’re mainly going to use it connected to the PC, then the 64 GB Oculus Quest 2 might be enough. However, if you plan on installing lots of games on the headset, it’s better to go with the 256 GB variant.

📌 Will there be a PSVR 2?

Yes, a new iteration of the PSVR is in the pipeline.

📌 Is it worth upgrading to the Oculus Quest 2?

Yes, the Oculus Quest 2 is better than the Oculus Quest across the board, from processing power to display quality.

Last update on 2021-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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