Valve Index vs Samsung Odyssey

When you compare the Valve Index to the Samsung Odyssey you can see which VR Headset is better. Let's take a look of the comparison, and see which model of VR Headset out ontop.

What VR Headset is better?

Comparing the Valve Index and Samsung Odyssey is a tough job due to their similarities, but there are distinct differences in how they each perform.

The Valve Index has a larger field of view at 130° compared to the Samsung Odyssey's 110° field of view. This gives users with the Valve Index a more immersive experience. The resolution on both headsets is the same with 1440 × 1600 px, however, when it comes to graphics requirements, you will need an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD RX480 for the Valve Index while the Samsung Odyssey requires an Nvidia GTX1050 or higher. The operating system requirement for both headsets is Windows only. Both have room-scale tracking capabilities and 360 tracking as well which allow for greater movement within virtual reality experiences. The refresh rate on the Valve Index is 120 Hz while on the Samsung Odyssey it is 90 Hz. A higher refresh rate allows for smoother visuals in game so this can be seen as a pro of the Valve Index over the Samsung Odyssey.

In terms of personal preference when comparing these two VR headsets, I found that I preferred using the Valve Index overall due to its larger field of view and its better hardware specifications which allowed me to enjoy a smoother experience overall when playing games or exploring other virtual reality experiences compared to what I experienced with the Samsung Odyssey headset.

Specs comparison between the two VR Headsets

Valve IndexSamsung Odyssey
Model NameIndexOdyssey
Release Date20192017
Country of OriginUnited StatesSouth Korea
CategoryPC VRPC VR
Battery Life7 h4 h
Field of View130°110°
Resolution1440 × 1600 px1440 × 1600 px (per eye)
Refresh Rate120 Hz90 Hz
Display TypeLCD AMOLED
Minimum Requirements
Min. CPU RequiredIntel Core i5
Min. Graphics RequiredNvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD RX480Nvidia GTX1050
Min. RAM Required8 GB8 GB
Operating SystemsMicrosoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
Weight809 g645 g
Dimensions609.6 x 431.8 x 228.6 mm202 × 132 × 111 mm
Room Scale?YESYES
360 Tracking?YESYES
Positional Tracking?YESYES
Front Camera?YESYES
Eye Tracking?NoYES
Usable with Glasses?YESYES
Cooling SystemYES
Built in Headphones?YESYES
Built in Microphone?YESYES
Flip Visor?YESNo
Voice Command?NoYES
IPD Adjustment?YESYES
Lens to Eye Adjustment?YESYES
Display Port?NoYES
Mini Display Port?NoNo

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