Oculus Quest 2 vs PlayStation VR: which VR headset to buy?

Oculus Quest 2 (or Meta Quest 2) and PlayStation VR (or PSVR) have something in common; and it’s not that people argue about what to call them. Both of these headsets offer a quality VR experience – as you can see in our Oculus Quest 2 review and our PlayStation VR review – and they’re also similarly priced. Each one represents an extremely compelling entry into the world of VR gaming and experiences. But what to buy?

A lower price doesn’t automatically mean a lower VR standard, and indeed, many of the same games and apps that can be played on the wallet-busting Valve Index, for example, can also be played on them. Both PSVR and Quest 2 are in the cheaper end of the VR headset scale, and they both make our list of the best VR headsets.

If you’re worried that the VR world will be too different from 2D games, don’t worry. Many traditional 2D game developers are also working on VR games, and there are tons of games, apps, and videos for each headset. It will not be difficult for you to find what you like. If cost remains an issue even on this lower scale, take a look at our collection of VR headset deals and the best free VR apps where we can help you.

It’s also worth noting that PSVR 2, Sony’s next-generation VR headset built specifically for PS5, is on the way, so if you’re looking for the latest and greatest from Sony, it might be worth the wait.

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Oculus Quest 2 vs. PlayStation VR: Design

Oculus Quest 2

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Oculus Quest 2 (excluding charger) is completely wireless. You don’t even need to connect it to a PC to set it up; just connect it to Wi-Fi and everything can be solved using only the headset and controllers that are included. It is a completely standalone device that does not require a PC, console or external camera to download and play games, videos and applications. Two touch controllers with a minimalistic design are surprisingly easy and intuitive to use. It may seem a bit dated that they run on AA batteries, but depending on how often you use the headset, these batteries can easily last weeks or even months.

On the other hand, the standard head strap (better sold separately) can be quite awkward to adjust, which can be frustrating if you plan on using it on a regular basis for more than one person. It’s also worth noting that during the initial setup, you should draw the “Guardian” area within the intended play space. This entails using a forward-facing camera to view your surroundings and “draw” a safe play space that Quest is happy with. The quest may require you to draw it again if it doesn’t recognize your environment the next time you turn it on.

PS VR headset, camera and controllers

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The PlayStation VR, like the Quest, is perfectly comfortable for extended wear (although it’s more likely to induce sweat during long sessions – which is why it’s important to know how to properly clean your VR headset). There’s no getting around the fact that using a PSVR means cables trailing across the floor and the headset plugging into a box that then hooks up to the console, power adapter, and TV.

PSVR requires a PS4 (or PS5, via an adapter, which you must request from Sony). (will open in a new tab)) and the PS4 camera. While this means even more cables, it also means PSVR can offer benefits that the Quest doesn’t. The ability to play traditional 2D games on the big screen in virtual cinema style in a headset, and even (on PS4) the ability to watch 3D Blu-ray discs.

The main downside of Sony’s headset, aside from cables, is inconsistent controller tracking. If you’re lucky enough to have a large room with plenty of distance between you and the TV, this will probably rarely (if ever) be an issue. Otherwise, for games that track the movement of your controller/s, you may find that the most difficult task is keeping up with wide, sweeping movements (especially when moving up or down). Without an external camera to “see” the controllers, this isn’t a problem for the Quest.

Winner: Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest 2 vs. PlayStation VR: Specs

Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset

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Quest offers a higher resolution image of 1832 x 1920 per eye compared to 960 x 1080 for PlayStation VR. In case you’re wondering, yes, the difference is very noticeable. Both, however, are capable of 120Hz refresh rates.

Surprisingly, the PSVR offers an excellent 96-degree field of view compared to the Quest’s 89-degree field of view. However, the Quest’s display is so crisp and clear that the end result is a foregone conclusion here.

Winner: Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest 2 vs PlayStation VR: Cost

Screenshot of the PlayStation VR website with VR games already out

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The cheapest version of the Oculus Quest 2 is $299 / £299, while the more expensive version (with 256GB instead of 128GB) is $399 / £399. Whichever version you buy includes everything you need to get started.

For PSVR, we’re assuming you already own a PS4 and/or PS5 (and a TV!). The headset that comes with the camera costs about $299. This does not include Move controllers, which are required for some games. They are surprisingly hard to find and will probably set you back around $99 a pair if you can find them.

However, PSVR may end up being cheaper in the long run. Some games are physically available, which means you can shop for the best price, buy used ones, and trade them in when you’re done. Also, when PSVR games are sold on the PlayStation Store, the discounts are (usually) better than the Oculus/Meta store.

Winner: draw

Oculus Quest 2 vs. PlayStation VR: Exclusive Games

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It is important to note that many VR games such as Beat Saber, Vader Immortal, Job Simulator and many more are available for both. In fact, Quest has released so many exclusive games that it doesn’t have many standouts left. The VR adaptation of Resident Evil 4 comes closest to being a killer app, and Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge might tempt Star Wars fans.

PSVR, on the other hand, has built up an impressive roster of brilliant exclusives over the years. For example, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission and Statik are excellent, while brilliant games like WipEout, Hitman 3 and Dreams have been updated with VR modes.

Winner: PlayStation VR

Oculus Quest 2 vs. PlayStation VR: Verdict

Want the best picture and 100% wireless (and don’t mind requiring a Facebook account)? Then the quest is for you. However, if you’re willing to sacrifice resolution for an excellent catalog of games – and you don’t mind the occasional controller tracking issues – then PSVR is the way to go.

If you’re still undecided, check out our Oculus Quest 2 vs. Valve Index and the best VR headset articles to see if it helps you decide which VR headset is right for you.

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