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

The Oculus Quest 2 (or Meta Quest 2) and PlayStation VR (or PSVR) have something important 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 PlayStation VR review – and are similarly priced too. Each is an extremely engaging entry into the world of VR games and experiences. But which one to buy?

A lower price doesn’t automatically mean a lower level of VR, and indeed many of the same games and apps that can be played on the Valve Index, for example, can also be played on these. The PSVR and Quest 2 are both the cheapest on the VR headset scale and they’re both on our best VR headsets listing.

If you are worried that the world of virtual reality is too different from 2D game – don’t be. Many traditional 2D game developers are also working on VR titles, and there’s a huge variety of games, apps, and videos for every headset. You will have no trouble finding something you like. If cost is still a concern even at this lower scale, take a look at our collection of VR headset deals and the best free VR experiences where we might be able to help.

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

Oculus Quest 2 vs. PlayStation VR: Design

Oculus Quest 2

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The Oculus Quest 2 is (aside from the charger) completely wireless. You don’t even have to plug it into a PC to set it up; just connect it to your WiFi, and everything can be sorted with nothing more than the headphones and controllers that come in the box. It’s a fully self-contained unit with no need for a PC, console or external camera to download and play games, videos and apps. The two Touch controllers, with a minimalist design, are surprisingly light and intuitive to use. It might seem a bit backwards that they run on AA batteries but depending on how often you use the headphones these batteries can easily last for weeks or even month.

On the other hand, the standard headband (there’s a better one sold separately) can be quite fiddly to adjust, which can be frustrating if you expect multiple people to use it regularly. It’s also worth noting that during initial setup, you need to draw a “Guardian” area in your intended play space. This involves using the front-facing camera to see your surroundings and “draw” a safe play space that the Quest is happy with. The Quest may ask you to draw it again if it does not recognize your surroundings the next time you power it up.

PS VR headset, camera and controllers

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The PlayStation VR is, like the Quest, perfectly comfortable to wear for long periods of time (although it’s more prone to sweating during long sessions – which is why it’s important to know how to properly clean VR headsets). There’s no denying that using the PSVR means cables trailing along the floor, with the headset plugging into a box which then plugs into the console, power adapter and TV.

PSVR requires a PS4 (or PS5, via an adapter that you must request from sony (opens in a new tab)) and a PS4 camera. While that means even more cables, it also means the PSVR can deliver benefits that the Quest can’t. The ability to play traditional 2D games on a large virtual cinema-style screen in the headset, and even (on PS4) the ability to watch 3D Blu-rays.

The main drawback of the Sony headphones, aside from the cables, is the inconsistent tracking of the controller. If you’re lucky enough to have a large room with plenty of distance between you and the TV, this will probably rarely (if at all) be an issue. Otherwise, for games that track the movement of your controller(s), you may find that the most demanding struggle is tracking wide, fast movements (especially when extending up or down). Without an external camera to “see” the controllers, that’s no problem for the Quest.

Winner: Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest 2 vs. PlayStation VR: Specs

Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset

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The Quest delivers a higher resolution image, at 1832 x 1920 per eye versus PlayStation VR’s 960 x 1080. If you are wondering, yes the difference is very perceptible. Both, however, are capable of 120Hz refresh rates.

Perhaps surprisingly, the PSVR offers a superior field of view, at 96 degrees compared to the Quest’s 89 degrees. Nonetheless, the Quest’s display is so much crisper and clearer that the end result here is a foregone conclusion.

Winner: Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest 2 vs. PlayStation VR: Cost

Screenshot of PlayStation VR website of VR games available now

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

For PSVR, we’ll assume you already own a PS4 and/or PS5 (and a TV!). The headset that comes with the camera costs around $299 / £249. This doesn’t include Move controllers, which are required for some games. These are surprisingly hard to find and will probably set you back around $99/£99 for a pair if you can find them.

In the long run though, PSVR may prove to be cheaper. Some games are physically available, which means you can search for the best price, buy used, and trade when you’re done. Also, when PSVR games go on sale on the PlayStation Store, the discounts are (usually) better than those found on the Oculus/Meta store.

Winner: Draw

Oculus Quest 2 vs PlayStation VR: exclusive games

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One thing that’s important to note is that many VR titles – such as Beat Saber, Vader Immortal, Job Simulator and many more – are available for both. In fact, the Quest has bled so many exclusive games that it doesn’t have many highlights left. Resident Evil 4’s VR adaptation comes closest to a killer app, with Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge perhaps tempting Star Wars fans.

The PSVR, on the other hand, has built up an impressive list of brilliant exclusives over the years. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission and Statik, for example, look great, 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 a completely wireless experience (and don’t mind the Facebook account requirement)? Then the quest is for you. However, if you’re willing to sacrifice resolution for a superior catalog of games – and are okay with 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 Best VR Headset Articles to see if it can help you decide which VR headset is right for you.

Abdul J. Gaspar