The launch of Microsoft HoloLens Dev Kit and Oculus Rift have created a rolling boil among the lover of AR and VR who finds it hard to choose the best one. The battle continues until many tech differences immersed to the surface. Like every battle has a winner, the brief comparison that is written below will let you identify one here as well.

Tech Differences

Both devices are similar to just one thing that is tied around the head. However, as we delve deeper into their specifications and functionality there are some major differences seen.

HoloLens is based on Augmented Reality. It is a high-tech and an advanced version of Google Glass. HoloLens is considered to have taken a magic leap into the tech world. Unlike Google glass, you do not have to put it on all the time. Moreover, it is regarded as the best example of AR at present. Its advanced functionality and specification have superseded the rivals in a blink!

Google Glass delivered a static display along with no illusion of putting the 3D objects in the environment. However, the perfect blend of reality with fantasy via augmented reality can be fully experienced and lived with the HoloLens.


In the Oculus Rift, there is a 2560×1440-resolution panel having a 100-degree field of view at 90Hz. A 3D positioned audio is tied up with the device to provide an amazing stereoscopic 3D visual. To use the rift you have to rely on an external camera to do a positioned head tracking. Moreover, with Oculus your view of the outside world will get restricted that’s why a seated experience is preferred for the users.

On the Contrary, HoloLens do not require any external camera and do not support the restriction to enjoy a seated experience. You can enjoy virtual along with the real world. Oculus rift requires a plugin into the computer, which is also not there in HoloLens. You can even walk around the city while having your eyes feasted on a virtually created environment.

In addition, among the features of HoloLens includes integrated depth sensors, built-in mic, and finger-swiping gestures feature. Though, the virtual viewpoint is much smaller in HoloLens as compared to the Rift. Furthermore, there lie two similarities as well. The support to stereoscopic 3D and the positioning of speakers is quite similar in both headsets.


With the advent of AR and VR, people are drooling to indulge in the pleasure of immersive interface. With immersion being the unique selling point of both headsets, both of the devices are offering very different user experiences. When comparing the environment produced by the two headsets, Rift wins the battle as it makes you believe that you are really present in that scene at that very precise moment. Along with offering more advance virtual tourism, the gaming experience is also seemed to receive a double tap with Oculus Rift.


To superimpose virtual objects, Facebook makes use of Oculus Rift. Facebook is reported to have invested around 2 billion dollars to offer enhanced video chats, to the followers. However, with the ability to experience virtually with real using Microsoft’s HoloLens, in the productivity section it makes the position.

Many users for operating technical tasks, operations, and processes where the other users via Skype can watch the entire procedures use HoloLens, exactly as the doer is watching. It is used as a great tool to educate and guide students as well. It opens up a wider scope to use it. HoloLens is predicted to enter the manufacturing industry. Moreover, the feature of supporting finger-gesture allows users to make 3D objects. It is truly blurred the lines between virtual and real.

To Wrap Up

HoloLens provides a next level experience to a virtual environment. Within the first 20 minutes after putting on the device, one feels completely normal. It creates an out-an-out natural digital environment. However, I would like to advise my readers that much like Google Glass do not wear the device when in public. It is advisable to use it in a controlled environment like an office or a design studio or else you may seem like an absolute imbecile.

Author Bio:

Dominic Lester is a skilled developer at the leading Software Development Company – INGIC based in the UK. He has a deep interest in learning about software, technology, and inventions. Dominic shares his work and knowledge with his followers and readers. Being a moonlight freelancer, he carries out comprehensive research before composing a single piece of content. You can follow him on twitter and G+ for updates.