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HTC Vive Pro vs. Oculus Quest 2. Which Device to Choose.

October 15, 2020
Oculus Quest 2

HTC Vive Pro and Oculus Quest 2 are the current market leaders, but their directions are quite different. Just like businesses: some require high resolution and powerful capabilities, while others look for a self-contained, mobile, and convenient solution. Here we take a look at those devices and find out where they shine and what VR app your business needs.

Spoiler

Here’s a spoiler for those who don’t have time to read. HTC Vive Pro is suitable for substantial and complicated applications, while Oculus Quest 2 provides self-containment, mobility, and a lower price. If you like to dive into some details, feel free to continue.

General Info

Oculus Quest 2

The original Oculus Quest 2 device

The image is taken from the Oculus website

It’s the newest device and the immediate heir to Oculus Quest. It means that all the basic features of the Quest series have remained on station. It is still a convenient self-contained device (i.e. no extra hardware needed) that is easy to set up. The tool aims to provide a VR experience anywhere, ensuring high mobility and relieving users from tracking sensors.

Still, the full potential of Quest 2 hasn’t been released yet. Its Snapdragon XR2 processor is a mighty tool, but it doesn’t run at maximum capacity. It does provide 90 Hz, but it’s an experimental version and is available in the Main Menu only as apps have 72 Hz still. The sad story is that 90 Hz will be added to applications “soon,” and they will also need a per-app update.

Another controversial issue is a requirement for a Facebook account. From now on, users can log in only via that social media. The point may be sensitive for businesses amid Facebook suits over personal data.

HTC Vive Pro

The original HTC Vive Pro device

The image is taken from the HTC Vive website

Unlike Oculus Quest 2, HTC Vive Pro is a more tech advanced tool. It is a powerful VR device that provides high resolution (1440 x 1600 px per eye, but lower than Quest 2) with an OLED display, laser tracking system, and one of the best refresh rates on the market (90 Hz). This power imposes some obligations. It makes the HTC device a stationary set as its tracking system requires base stations to mark the play area.

The main distinction between HTC Vive Pro and Oculus Quest 2 is PC connection, which doesn’t play in HTC’s hand. Vive Pro has to be connected to a computer to launch games and apps, which implies tech characteristics. The PC should possess at least:

  • Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290
  • Minimum 4 GB RAM
  • DisplayPort 1.2 and a USB 3.0 or newer.

Nonetheless, there is a good point here. Vive Pro supports all three major OSs: Windows, Linux, and macOS, and its PC integration makes development possibilities limitless.

Direct Comparison

Some characteristics are better to provide in a tabular form. Here it is, displaying all the significant differences between the two market titans.

Oculus Quest 2HTC Vive Pro
Price$299 for a 64GB version
$399 for a 256GB version
$799 for a headset
$1,399 for a full kit
Headset TypeSelf-containedTethered
OR
Wireless (via an adapter)
Operating System
Support
AndroidWindows, Linux, macOS
ProcessorSnapdragon XR2PC powered
Refresh Rate90 Hz in Main Menu
72 Hz in Apps
90 Hz
Resolution
(px per eye)
1832 x 19201440 x 1600
Battery Life2-3 hours6 hours
OR
PC powered
Field of View100 degrees110 degrees
DisplayLCDOLED
AudioIntegrated speakersHi-Res headset
Hi-Res certificate
headphones (removable)
Tracking4 Built-in camerasSteamVR Tracking 2.0 bases
Weight503 g470 g
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Where to Use Them

Quest 2 is mobile and convenient, so it shows worth at trade shows, exhibitions, business presentations, internal training, L&D, and even calls and installations. Android support gives free rein to develop dense games and apps that are not resource-intensive. 

Due to its capacity (actually, your PC capacity), Vive Pro is a top-notch choice for large and rich projects, where details and image quality are topmost. HTC Vive Pro performs best in the complex spheres, such as motion capture, highly detailed presentations, manufacturing, entertainment, and retail. AAA game developers rely on HTC, too.

Summary

Long story short, Oculus Quest 2 is suitable for easy-going projects, where the graphic constituent is not in the first place. It is the solution that provides mobility and simplicity.

HTC Vive Pro is a professional tool for complex solutions. It helps a lot in massive projects with lots of possibilities, where the main point is to show something full force.

If you are making up your mind regarding the use of VR in your business, contact us to help you find the right solution and implement it seamlessly.

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