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HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift: What your money gets you

Jared Newman | Feb. 23, 2016
The VR system from HTC and Valve comes with greater sticker shock, but also includes more stuff.

Alternatively, you can buy a ready-made PC with a stamp of approval from either VR vendor. Here, Oculus comes out ahead, with bundles starting at $949 with the purchase of a Rift. HTC hasn’t announced any bundles yet, and the cheapest “Vive Optimized” PCs start at $1,600.

All told, the Oculus Rift seems like a slightly better value, but with diminishing returns as you spend more for the full VR experience. Early adopters may be wise to bet on the system they believe in most, regardless of cost.


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