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Is the Vive Focus 3 an objectively better headset than Quest 2- price not considered?


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There are different pros and cons for both headsets.

Why I would choose the the Vive Focus 3:

* No hard binding to a company - you just buy a headset and do not have to connect you to a social media platform - very important in business context

* Better of the shelve comfort - the standard head strap of the Vive is very comfortable and the weight is better balanced 

* Exchangeable battery - I think this is a big advantage for various usage scenarios 

Why I would buy the Quest 2:

* Cheap headset with no problem with Facebook binding

* Already more content in the store - more development is going on

* Larger sweet spot and less god-rays - in most use cases I have no problem with it

* No fan - for some applications of the Focus 3 the fan is a bit disturbing 

* AR Mode - pretty knew for the Quest but will get interesting 

Privately I would always choose a Quest 2 as it offers more for a small budget... However in business context I personally would recommend the Vive Focus 3 as you have less problems with privacy. 

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The panels in the Vive Focus 3 are WAY BETTER.

This was a big part for me, I have extremely good eye sight and so it's nice to have panels that feel very 'full' even if I can still make out the pixels on flat backgrounds I wouldn't call it a 'screen door effect' because I don't perceive it like I can see between the pixels, per se. 

Also, it is an EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE headset which goes a long way if you are going to use it for a context of a lot of movement. 

Finally, this is more of a user specific scenario but WIFI 6E, Focus 3 can do it, Quest 2 can't. 

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On 4/17/2022 at 11:06 AM, Steve_76 said:

* No fan - for some applications of the Focus 3 the fan is a bit disturbing 

I consider this a disadvantage, the lack of active cooling gives the Quest 2 a reputation as feeling like the user has a 'toaster' strapped to their face. Also, I like how the fan in the Focus 3 dehumidifies the area between the face and the lens. 

Every time I use my Reverb G2 I'm shocked at how quickly my lenses fog up. 

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In my opinion, no it's not overall the better headset, especially if your use case is primarily gaming. The only pro I would agree with the previous responses is the fact that you don't need a facebook account. Other than that:

  • The comfort was much worse than I expected given the better balance. I have a DAS with battery on my Quest 2 and the comfort is actually very similar and the face cushion fits better in fact.
  • Exchangeable battery is a plus in certain situations but for my use, the Quest 2 lasts for 6 hours with my battery on the strap so it's a non issue to charge whenever I'm not using it.
  • The better lenses on the Quest is not a minor issue: it's a much larger sweet spot and much fewer reflections and God rays so the overall image, despite being slightly better looking in the center on the Focus 3, is actually better on the Quest 2 for me.
  • The software is much more refined on the Quest 2 - HTC just has started to come out with features that bring the image quality for PCVR up to par but even now it can be buggy to get steamvr started and the wireless experience is not up to par with the smooth glitch free performance of Airlink.
  • The focus 3 has wifi 6e but the only practical benefit that gives is running multiple headsets on the same network at once. It doesn't give any higher bitrate in streaming.
  • The fact that all Oculus software and steamvr software can be run without issues and for new games as well is huge. With the focus you have to mess with revive, steamvr bindings and sometimes the controllers just don't even work (like in Boneworks). The Quest 2 is the most popular VR headset out so new games and mods always work first on it, and are maybe later patched for the Focus 3.
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