Equipment and Portability
The full operating system for Facebook’s Oculus Quest 1 is mainly made up of three pieces of equipment: the headset, the controllers, and the headset’s charger. These headsets are characterized by their portability, since the equipment can fit into one standard backpack.
On the other hand, the equipment needed for the Vive Pro Eye is not as portable as the Oculus Quest's. In order to be set up properly, this system requires the Vive Pro Eye's headset, two controllers, a laptop, two base stations, and two tripods to hold these base stations. The equipment for the Vive Pro Eye can fit into two medium-sized bags: one for the tripods, and another for the headset, controllers, base stations, and laptop. The system also includes various cables that are used to connect certain pieces to one another and plug them into outlets as needed.
The Oculus Quest 1’s setup is as straightforward as it gets. Once the headset is placed on the user’s head, the user can press the power button located on the right side of the headset. Since the headset operates on its own, there’s no need to connect it to any laptop in order to get it running. Once the headset has completely turned on, it will ask the user to scan in their play area with the system’s controllers. After this step is completed, the headset will remember the user’s designated play area and is ready to be used.
The Vive Pro Eye's set up has a couple of steps more than the Oculus Quest’s set up. The first thing the user would have to do is measure the space in which the system will be used in order to make sure there’s enough space for their VR experience. Once the space is measured, the user will want to set up the two tripods diagonally across from each other within that space. They will want to make sure that the tripods are set up at a height of at least 6 feet (183 cm) and that they’re set up near outlets in order to plug in the base stations. These base stations should be screwed onto the top of the tripods and angled downwards. The base stations shoot IR lasers which track the user’s movements within the measured space. These lasers also provide a more accurate reading of the user’s movements than the Quest.
Once that is set up, the user can plug in the headset to their laptop and plug the power cord for the headset into an outlet. Then, the user can run the room setup software on their laptop. This room setup software will probably take about a minute to run, but once the space is scanned in, the user can begin using their headset and run their VR experiences.
Overall Pro’s and Con’s for Both
The Oculus Quest 1’s portability and ease of use does come with some cons. Because it is such a compact system, the headset has a pretty limited battery life. Depending on how much energy it takes to run any given VR experience, the headset might have about an hour maximum of play time at any given charge. The headset’s small size also limits its computing power, making it significantly weaker than the Vive Pro Eye's computing powers. In fact, the Oculus Quest 1 runs on smartphone chips, meaning that the headset’s capabilities- such as haptics, graphics resolution, and overall software capabilities- are limited.
Although the Vive Pro Eye is less portable and has a longer and more complex setup process, its headset can be used for as long as the user wants since it requires to be plugged into a power outlet when it is in use. This headset is also extremely powerful- between the two systems, the Vive Pro Eye is the most powerful system in regards to its capabilities, graphics resolution, and newer integrations, such as haptics. If you’re looking for the most powerful system for your team’s training, this is the one you would want to use.
We hope this walkthrough was helpful to you in assessing the headset that best meets your team’s needs. If you still can’t decide, make sure to check out our Youtube video where we provide a visual walkthrough of the two headsets, their setup processes, and their capabilities.
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