The Oculus Quest 2 has enjoyed a dominant position as the leading VR headset in the market. But that dominance looks set to be tested with the upcoming release of the next generation of VR headsets.
With Sony making further announcements about the PSVR 2, a new rival is on the way. And recent leaks have suggested an imminent Oculus Quest Pro might also be on the way. And that leak was alongside further rumours about an Oculus Quest 3.
So how do the PSVR 2 and Quest 3 stack up against one another? Which one will be the better option for you? Here's what we know about the PSVR 2 Vs Oculus Quest 3.
PSVR 2 Vs Oculus Quest 3: Specs And Graphics
The Oculus Quest 3 is rumoured (courtesy of Brad Lynch) to be launching with uOLED displays. These are upgraded versions of current OLED displays. It compares to 1920x1832 LCD displays in Quest 2.
Additionally, the Quest 3 is potentially using a proprietary chipset, rather than the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR3 processor that will likely be available by the time the Quest 3 enters production. The suggestion is that the new chipset is specifically designed for use in a VR headset, with all the benefits that would bring.
A lot remains unclear at this stage, and nothing is set in stone. There is confidence that the Quest 3 will be officially revealed at a Connect event in 2023, with a release soon after.
The PSVR 2 has a little more information available. Sony has confirmed that it will come with an OLED display, capable of delivering 4K HDR graphics. The resolution will be 2000 x 2040 per eye, and frame rates will be silky smooth 90/120Hz.
We also know that the PSVR 2 will connect and run through the PS5, so it will benefit from all that processing power - 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, and a custom AMD Zen 2 GPU. We can't compare this directly with the Quest 3, as we are yet to see those details.
However, it does mean that the PSVR 2 will undoubtedly be able to run high-end games. It's hard to imagine the Quest 3 being able to directly compete with this. However, the Quest 3 will almost certainly be able to connect to a PC via either a Link Cable or wirelessly. Which will make it competitive in this respect.
- Read More: PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 2: Differences, Graphics, Specs, Features, Games, Price, And Which Is Better
PSVR 2 Vs Oculus Quest 3: Price
Given the Quest 3 remains a rumour at this point, we don't have any insight into the price range for it. However, the Quest 2 currently sells for either £299 or £399, depending on which storage capacity you choose (128GB or 256GB). So might tentatively expect a Quest 3 to be in a similar ballpark.
Similarly, the PSVR 2 has yet to have a price announced. But the original PSVR cost £349/$399 at launch. So in this respect, they are similar. But of course, you have to factor in the cost of a PS5 if you want to play the PSVR 2, which is several hundred pounds/dollars more added to the cost. Having said this, if you want to play bigger, more demanding games on the Quest, you'll also need a pretty decent computer to go with it.
Ultimately, we'd probably expect both of these headsets to cost more than the current generation. But we wouldn't expect them to be too much more. One of the reasons the Quest 2 has been so popular is because of its relative affordability (compared to the HTC Vive Flow for example, at around £499). Both companies will be acutely aware of striking the balance between the cost of the headset and getting it into the hands of as many gamers as possible.
PSVR 2 Vs Oculus Quest 3: Features
While the Oculus Quest has certainly been innovative, we can expect to see many of those ideas adopted by newer VR headsets. We already know what the PSVR 2 controllers will look like: an 'orb' shape that appears to be heavily influenced by those on the Quest 2. But these controllers will pack a bunch of extra features as well.
The 'PA VR2 Sense' controller, as Sony has named it, will include haptic feedback, much like the DualSense controller. But the headset itself will also offer haptic feedback. A single in-built motor will add extra immersion. Sony offered examples of feeling something rushing past your character's head or the thrust of acceleration in a vehicle. They have also mentioned something called 'Tempest 3D Audio', to "make sounds in the player's surroundings come alive".
The PSVR2 also offers eye tracking. Moving your eyes can potentially be an additional input for characters in games. Controller tracking will be done using cameras that are integrated into the headset. This removes the need for an external camera. We will likely learn about other features in the coming months.
The Quest 3 remains much more mysterious at this stage, so we don't yet know what new features it is likely to have. There are suggestions that whatever the Quest Pro offers, might be incorporated into a Quest 3 further down the line. But the truth is, nobody knows for sure at this point.
In their latest blog post, Sony finally gave us our first proper look at the PSVR 2 headset. Said to be "inspired by the look of the PS5 family of products" Sony's stated goal is to create a headset that makes you "immersed in your game world, to the point where you almost forget you are using a headset or controller".
They have confirmed an adjustable headband and scope, as well as adding a lens adjustment dial to help match the lens distance between their eyes. They've made the design slimmer and lighter, as well as added vents to improve airflow and reduce lens fogging. We'd expect to see similar additions to any new Quest headset. Making VR headsets smaller and lighter is an almost inevitable consequence as technology develops.
PSVR 2 Vs Oculus Quest 3: Games
Potentially the single most important factor when it comes to deciding on your VR headset of choice is the games.
The Quest 2 currently offers a pretty strong line-up of games, all designed specifically for playing on VR. While some major VR titles such Half-Life: Alyxare not available directly on the Quest 2 (the minimum specs are more than the headset can support) you can still play these games through your PC using Airlink or a Link Cable.
It seems likely that the Quest 3 will follow a similar trajectory. We'd expect there to be a degree of backwards compatibility. We'd also be astonished if you are unable to link to a PC to access those more resource-intensive titles.
The PSVR 2 in comparison, will run through the PS5, meaning it always has access to the powerful hardware within that console. The PS5 also offers backwards compatibility, so it works with all current PSVR games - games like Beat Saber and Astro Bot Rescue Mission, for instance. Again, we'd be surprised if these games can't be played on PSVR 2. Many may receive a next-gen upgrade as well.
We also expect that Sony will present some strong exclusive titles. They have already made their first big exclusive announcement. Horizon Call Of The Mountain is exclusively for PSVR 2. We'd expect other exclusives to follow.
PSVR 2 Vs Oculus Quest 3: Our Verdict
So who wins in the PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 3 contest?
It's still too early to say for sure which one to go for, given that one technically doesn't exist yet. But, these two headsets are likely to be the main choices for gamers in the next few years. So there is still plenty worth considering.
If you don't own a PS5, or have no intention of owning one, then the decision is a no-brainer. PSVR 2 needs a PS5 to work. On the other hand, if you already own a PS5, and enjoy the exclusive titles on that platform, then a PSVR 2 could be a wise choice.
As we learn more about these headsets, we'll continue to update this article.