Teardown of HTC Vive highlights the headset’s variations from Oculus Rift
Right now’s VR headsets are marvels of miniaturization. And, as iFixit’s teardowns present, each the Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive are additionally remarkably consumer-pleasant in relation to restore and customization.
At this time’s teardown of the Vive doesn’t have fairly the novelty of the one carried out on the Oculus headset, nevertheless it’s nonetheless fascinating for anybody who likes to see how the sausage is made (and displayed). Though few will get a lot of a thrill out of the Vive-particular movement management chips and microcontrollers, there are different, extra vital variations between the 2 flagship headsets.
Most related is the room-degree movement monitoring system. The Oculus headset, as you could know, is studded with infrared LEDs which might be tracked by a system of cameras. The Vive flips the script, with the detectors within the headset and the IR sample being blasted out by a pair of laser-spewing “Lighthouses.”
This reversed monitoring method (or maybe it’s Oculus that’s reversed) has benefits, but in addition disadvantages — not least of which is needing to deal with the electronics essential to run a set of 32 IR detectors moderately than simply LEDs.
Once you’re as weight- and area-restricted because the designers have been for these headsets, that’s a big consideration. For sure, HTC and Valve’s engineers rose to the event, nevertheless, because the Vive is simply as, if no more mild and cozy than the Oculus.
The lens system can also be totally different; Oculus opted for a flowery asymmetrical fresnel lens to permit customers to regulate the picture by pushing the headset up or down on the face (this additionally saves area), whereas the Vive went for a extra abnormal distance-adjustment method with an apparently symmetrical fresnel lens association.
iFixit notes that the entire headset may be disassembled with fairly primary instruments and with none irreversible injury like snipping ribbons or breaking seals. That’s excellent news, as a result of early adopters are undoubtedly the sort to take issues aside and mod them. Anticipate to see some loopy battery packs, changes for hardcore glasses wearers, and so forth.