Virtual reality seems to be the future of gaming. But taking the next step into the future of technology can be daunting, especially when there are so many great VR headsets out there. The two most popular VR headsets on the market are the PS VR and Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2).
This might be one of your options if you want to get into virtual reality. So, if you can’t choose between the two, here is a detailed comparison to help you figure out which headphone is best for you.
Several small design elements make a big difference between PS VR and Meta Quest 2.
wired vs wireless
The first and biggest difference is that PS VR has a wired connection that plugs into your PlayStation. The wire is quite long, allowing for a wide range of motion, but you can still get tangled up in it, especially while playing a fast-paced FPS game.
On the other hand, the Meta Quest 2 is its console with the computer in the headset. This eliminates the need for wires, giving you more freedom while gaming. You can do as many 360 degree turns as you want without worrying about tripping over any wires.
The downside to owning a wireless VR headset is the battery life. Meta Quest 2 has approximately 2 hours of playing time. And as they say, time passes quickly when you have fun. Since PS VR connects directly to your PlayStation, it draws power from it so you can play indefinitely.
The ability to take a full 360-degree turn might seem like a foregone conclusion when playing in VR, but that’s not always the case. PS VR consoles have brightly colored glowing balls on top of them, which the camera follows in motion. Think of them like a lightsaber, but minus the danger, and instead of a blade; It’s a ball.
Since the camera tracks these glowing balls to find the location of your controllers, if you’re not facing the camera or your hand is behind your back, the camera will lose track of the light. This can cause some glitches at very inopportune moments.
The Meta Quest 2 consoles work quite differently. It uses an inside-out tracking system; The consoles and the headset are equipped with infrared LED lights. This headset constantly uses lights to triangulate the movement of the controllers.
Since the Meta Quest 2 uses the headset to track controllers, they’ll always be in range, even if you’re just doing the 360-degree spin we discussed earlier.
An incredible feature of Meta Quest 2 is that PS VR is not tracked by hand. Meta Quest 2 can track the movement of your hands, right down to each finger, while giving up the need for controllers. There are already plenty of games available that support manual tracking, with more on the horizon.
The PS VR features a cushioned halo that easily adjusts to the shape of your head. Since PS VR doesn’t have a lot of hardware, it’s well balanced. This, combined with the customizable halo strap, makes PS VR extremely comfortable.
Since the Meta Quest 2’s CPU is located inside the headset, it is noticeably heavier. The default Meta Quest 2 uses an elastic band to attach to your head, which is not very comfortable or strong.
You can purchase the Elite Strap add-on, which is an adjustable plastic halo similar to PSVR. This makes the speaker noticeably more comfortable but costs an additional $49.
Another thing to note when choosing a VR headset is whether or not you wear prescription glasses. PS VR offers plenty of room for your face and glasses, so you don’t have to worry about that. However, the Meta Quest 2 is much smaller and doesn’t offer much wiggle room for your glasses.
You can overcome this problem by purchasing prescription lenses that are attached to the inside of the headset. This solves the problem, but it is another plus that you have to buy separately and factor in the total price of the product.
|PS VR||Meta Quest 2|
|screen type||OLED||LCD screen|
|Precision (to the eye)||960 x 1080||1832 x 1920|
|refresh rate||120 Hz||120 Hz|
|field of view||96 degrees||97 degrees|
OLED screens are widely considered better than LCD because they can lock out pixels when not in use. This makes blacks deeper and colors more vibrant. But even though the Meta Quest 2 has an LCD screen, it’s undeniable in terms of graphics.
Meta Quest 2 also solved one of the problems plaguing VR headsets; The screen door effect. Screen door effect is a grid-like pattern that covers the screen and is very noticeable in the game. This effect is important in PS VR but is somewhat lacking in Meta Quest 2.
The Meta Quest 2 is significantly better than the PS VR in terms of graphics, which is not surprising given that the PS VR is four years older.
We’ve all seen videos of VR users flinging themselves off a virtual tablet into a merciless hug against a wall or even their TV. So what has been done to counter this problem in VR headsets?
The only safety features available on PS VR are the console wrist straps and the cord that connects you to your PlayStation. There are no sensors or anything like that to warn you that you’re millimeters away from hitting the TV in the face, and spatial perception is tricky when you’re in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
The Meta Quest 2 solution to protect you and your belongings is the built-in Guardian mode. Guardian Mode allows you to define your own playing area before you start playing. The headset will alert you when you leave this limit, so you can head back to safety before you toss your mom’s favorite vase off the shelf.
Since the Meta Quest 2’s camera is built into the headset, you can tap on the side to activate the camera to get an idea of your surroundings. This is more convenient than taking off the headset, as in PS VR.
Games are undoubtedly the essential feature of any game console. You could have the best features the world has ever seen, but it would be meaningless without games. The good news is that both headphones have a solid library of games.
PS VR has a dedicated section in the PlayStation Store filled with exclusive games to play on PS VR, including exclusive games that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s hard to argue with the PlayStation library. It’s a huge company that has the means to constantly release new games on any of their available platforms, and they do just that.
Meta Quest 2 has its own store where you can buy VR games. It’s missing some of the amazing exclusive titles available for PS VR, but it does have a few exclusive features. Moreover, some games are available in both libraries.
In addition, Meta Quest 2 also has a Virtual Desktop where you can stream from your PC. This allows you to play any number of games on Meta Quest 2, use your browser, or even watch movies.
Now that you have all the info about PS VR and Meta Quest 2, cost is the last thing you have to weigh. The price of these two devices was quite comparable. But as of August 1, 2022, Meta Quest 2 price is increasing around $100 due to increased production costs.
This brings the price of the Meta Quest 2 to $399 for the 128GB version and $499 for the 258GB version. This price is for the default version of the Meta Quest 2, and does not include any additional cost you may want to pay to purchase Elite Strap or prescription lenses.
On the other hand, PS VR is priced around $349 and usually includes a game. PS VR is cheaper than Meta Quest 2, but you also have to keep in mind that it requires a PlayStation. If you don’t have a PS4 or PS5, PS VR will be much more expensive.
We hope you found your choice in our comparison. Meta Quest 2 is a next generation console with superior graphics and specs. PS VR is showing signs of age and will soon be replaced by PSVR 2, but it’s fairly affordable as long as you own a PlayStation 4 or 5 and it’s still a great VR headset.
In the end it is up to you! Will you pick up the Meta Quest 2 or wait to see what PS VR 2 has in store?