Excerpts from a Virtual Reality Researcher

New HMD Comparison

It seems that these days new Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) are being released every month or so, with their cost rapidly declining since the days from 2004-2006 when I worked with one in graduate school.

Overall, my impression with recent HMDs is that they are hands down better than the one I worked with during graduate school (a nVis nVisor SX).  In my opinion, the Oculus Rift’s design and form factor is leaps and bounds ahead of the nVis HMD (lighter, less light leak-through, smaller tethered cables), which is a great thing for VR!

With so many HMDs arriving, I figured it’s useful to track the specs and features of all of these new displays for easy comparison.  Instead of providing a completely new list, here are some links to existing ones, followed by a small chart comparing the most recent HMDs.




HMD Resolution (per eye) Refresh Field of View Weight Wireless Cost Type of Display Tracking?
Oculus DK 1 640×800 60 hz 110 degrees 380 g No $300 LCD Rotation
Oculus DK 2 960×1080 75 hz / 72 hz / 60 hz 100 degrees 440 g No $350 OLED Rotation + Position via External Camera
Oculus Crescent Bay 1280×1440 90 hz 110 degrees ? No ? OLED Rotation + Position via External Camera
Oculus Samsung Gear VR 1280×1440 60 hz 96 degrees ? Yes 200 + $700 Samsung Galaxy AMOLED Rotation
Sony Morpheus 960×1080 120 hz 100 degrees ? No ? OLED Rotation + Position via Playstation Move Camera
Valve Vive 1080×1200 90 hz 110 degrees ? No $200-$500 Position + Rotation – 15ft x 15ft tracked space


Comparing all of these to the nVis nVisor SX  – the nVis had a 1280×1024 resolution per eye, 60 hz refresh rate and only a 60 degree field of view.  Plus the kicker: its cost was $24,000…

It’s definitely exciting times for HMD technology.

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