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Google Cardboard vs Oculus Rift

5.91 in
2.17 in
Google Cardboard VR Headset
Google Cardboard
4.8 in
11.85 in
Oculus Rift VR Headset
Oculus Rift
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Editiorial reviews
3.6 / 514
14 editorial reviews
After almost a month, my Google Cardboard has turned up. This self-assembled version was ordered some time ago from dx.com and cost just over £2 in theRead more
I first came to know about this origami-like cardboard viewer on a China online store.…Read more
Virtual Reality, or VR, is arguably the next biggest thing in tech, and it is exceptionally cool. Thanks to Google, everyone can access it with just a smartphone, some apps, and a few pieces of cardboard too. Here, we review Google Cardboard, a cheap virtual reality headset produced by the technology giant.Read more
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4.0 / 553
53 editorial reviews
Does the Oculus Rift VR headset justify Facebook's investmentRead more
Virtual reality (VR) produces a computer-generated environment–complete with realistic sights, sounds and other sensations–which a person can explore by wearing a special kind of headset and, in some cases, using certain props. Basically every VR experience will allow the user to feel as though they are in this simulated world and look around it, while more advanced systems allow for movement and interaction. While the ability of VR to provide valuable, realistic experiences without introducing real-world risks has found many fans across various industries (from healthcare to real estate), the most popular types of virtual reality content remain video games, movies and television. For thoseRead more
Virtual reality has arrived, courtesy of Oculus - you’re really going to want a RiftRead more
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Full Comparison

Display

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Display source
Smartphone
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Built in
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Field of view
100.0 °
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110.0 °
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Resolution per eye
N/A
  • 1080
  • 1200
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Display technology
N/A
OLED
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Refresh rate
N/A
90.0 Hz
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Features

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Glasses compatible
yes
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yes
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Position tracking
no
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yes
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Gesture control
no
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N/A
Optics correction
no
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yes
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Front-Facing camera
no
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N/A
Eye tracking
no
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N/A
Environment scanning
no
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N/A
Headphone connection
External headphones required
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Built-in headphones
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Coloration mode
Monotone
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Monotone
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Focus adjustment
N/A
yes
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Movement tracking
N/A
6 degrees of freedom
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Room-scale tracking
N/A
yes
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Supplied accessories
N/A
Gamepad
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Adjustable straps
N/A
yes
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Built-in headphones
N/A
yes
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Dimensions

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Height
2.17 in
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11.85 in
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Width
5.91 in
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4.8 in
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Depth
3.54 in
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8.86 in
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Weight
3.39 oz
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16.58 oz
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Design

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Colour of product
Oat
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Black
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Body material
Cardboard
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Plastic
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Connectivity

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Card reader integrated
no
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no
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Controller compatibility
N/A
  • Oculus Touch
  • Xbox One Wireless gamepad
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Bluetooth
N/A
yes
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HDMI
N/A
yes
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USB
N/A
yes
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USB version
N/A
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
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Type of USB connector
N/A
USB
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Number of USB 2.0
N/A
1
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Number of USB 3.0/3.1 (Gen 1)
N/A
3
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Requirements

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Compatible OS
  • Android
  • IOS
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  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
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Min screen size
4.0 in
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N/A
Max screen size
6.0 in
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N/A
Recommended RAM memory
N/A
8.0 GB
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