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Oculus Rift vs Microsoft HoloLens?

Posted by: on Jun 2, 2015 | No Comments

In 2015 we saw some amazing new virtual reality (VR) tech with more awesome tech on the way. We have the new Kickstarter VR headset called FOVE making an impact this year with many more ingenious headsets systems on the way. Today, we take a few assumptions on what the future holds for the VR technology and how the current leading headset Oculus Rift, a Facebook platform will fair against Microsoft new HoloLens VR headset. This is more of a comparison between the two next generation virtual reality headsets.With all that said, drum roll….

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift is a set of digital glasses, invented by Palmer Luckey that can be interfaced with a computer system or a cell phone. The screen of the cell phone or the computer is replaced by the lens of the goggle. The interesting feature is that two images can be viewed, one on each lens meant for each eye. The lenses focus the light and reshape the image to give a High Definition 3D view. The sensors around the goggles sense the position of the user’s head and adjusts the image accordingly that creates an environment as you are actually facing the situation. Look for Oculus Rift to unveil a new pair of Oculus Rift VR headsets in 2016.

Like I said in a previous TechGeniux article regarding the Rift, “I’m curious to see the consumer version of the highly innovative VR (virtual reality) headset. The price and specs have yet to be release but reports say the creators of the device are looking for a $200 to $400 range, similar to the Oculus development kit pricing.”



Microsoft HoloLens (well recognized as Hologram) is a set of goggles that produces mind blowing 3D effects. The HoloLens is not just a thing that displays your device screen. Instead, you can also use it in real world, can talk to others without any risk of bumping into a wall. These glasses can track your movements and transforms your view by a light, though the light does not feel stubborn. It senses your gestures and you can give different commands by moving your finger in the air.

The HoloLens price point will cost slightly more than game console. Reports from Microsoft have the cost of the HoloLens higher than current game consoles with an estimated price point of $400. For this price point, Microsoft promise to deliver a true next generation virtual reality headset.


Rift vs. HoloLens
Oculus claims to provide a high definition resolution of 2560×1440 that operates at 90Hz with a 100 degree field of view. It also possesses 3D audio effects, a phenomenon known as circling sounds. Rift uses an external cam for sensing the current position of the user’s head while HoloLens is different in this respect. HoloLens provides a real world view so that it can be used in normal condition, but Rift blocks the view and is designed for “seated condition”. HoloLens also features finger gestures and mic. But Rift works somewhat different using hand tracking gesture sensors. One of the most prominent feature is the difference in display. Microsoft is on the downside in this aspect. Though Microsoft claims a 720p HD display for HoloLens but Oculus portrays a larger and sharper view.
Crescent Bay, the latest of Rift can give you a full 3D Graphic view that engraves on your mind. The immersive nature of Rift keeps it on the down side. On the other hand, MS provides a water clear view of the outer world. So the design of HoloLens is more acceptable in the real world. Oculus Rift limits the movement due to its limited, wired mobility and seated necessities. On the other hand, HoloLens is wireless so its design is more appreciated.
The MS HoloLens is a portable wearable that is built to be compatible with the OS of Windows 10 Server. Oculus Rift is designed for Windows, OS X and Linux operated systems and is developed keeping in view the gaming aspects. But both the headsets are not compatible with XBOX or P4.

The Verdict:
Only time will tell which next generation virtual reality headset will emerge on top. Each manufacturer has a clear shot at victory however the consumer will be the final judge and jury on which headset survives or lives in this highly competitive space. Which VR headset do you think will emerge on top of this space?

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