Field of view is incredibly important for VR immersion. But, because manufacturers calculate FOV differently, it can be hard to obtain an apples to apples
Thankfully, a savvy Reddit user by the name of Code F53 designed an infographic to visualize the data.
The chart compares the horizontal field of view for the top VR headsets. As anyone can see, there is a significant difference between the Oculus Rift and the Pimax 5k. The effect is somewhat exaggerated by the design of the chart, but nonetheless, it provides a general idea.
While larger FOV is obviously a good thing, it does come with its drawbacks. That’s because, as the field of view expands, so too does the pixel density. In other words, more FOV means less visual clarity.
As long as processing power is limited, there will always be a tradeoff. Hopefully, future generations can have their cake and eat it too. For now, it’s just nice to have so many different options.