I run a museum with a public VR setup, introduced last July. After looking at HTC Vive and Oculus Rift I decided the Rift was better for our situation because it's more comfortable and the visuals scored better with my test audiences. IMO the resolution and overall visual experience is close enough that it's not a big deal but I do give the edge to the Rift. I also love the Touch controllers but I haven't tried the Vive controller so I can't compare.
You can safely ignore the people who claim VR is dead or doesn't work.
VR is a huge hit at our museum, possibly our most popular attraction. We have regular visitors who come back just for the VR. We have an active gaming community full of people who never want to go back to screen games. The educational applications are enormous. The software is growing and improving all the time.
At this stage anything other than Rift or Vive won't give you a decent VR experience. They are fine in their own way but they're not the real thing.