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Oculus Rift Review

Oculus Rift - the gamechanger in the PC gaming world. Its immersive VR experience is so rich that you can't even feel the difference between what's real and what's not.
Oculus Rift Headset Review
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Overall Score
Interactiveness
Visual Immersiveness
Comfort
User Friendliness
Ease of Setup

Our Take

Delivering an immersive graphical performance at an affordable price, Oculus is one of the best in the game. This interactive and highly immersive VR headset is an elegant option for those who still want a premium and fully immersive VR-experience.

Of course, also without spending a load of cash. Oculus Rift is ultra user-friendly, but it is not the most comfortable VR headset out there. If you want to wear this VR headset for an extended period/session, then it’s going to be heat-up a little and may begin to feel heady.

Rift delivers an exceptionally immersive and high-performance VR experience with superb motion tracking.

What We Like

  • Exceptional high-level immersive
  • Ultra interactive
  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like

  • A bit harder to setup
  • Not the most comfortable headset

Overview

If you are the one who is in search of the most advanced PC, VR gaming headset, you need to take a loot at Oculus Rift.

The Rift is a soft, comfortable, and immersive virtual reality headset with custom optics that provides an incredible visual fidelity and a wide field of view.

Its pair of Oculus Touch controllers that provides intuitive and accurate hand presence in virtual reality. It gives you a feeling that your hands are a part of its immersive virtual world.

Its motion sensors track constellations of IR LEDs for a reason to accurately translate your physical movement into the virtual world, whether you’re standing up or sitting down.

Why Rift?

All refurbished provided by the Rift are unique, inspired, cleaned, and tested by experts to function correctly and look crystal.

Rift’s intelligent design is light, adaptable, and unique. When you are in the virtual world while putting it on, it feels like this VR goes away, and you go somewhere incredible.

Requirements

Remember! Your gaming PC is the one who powers this VR headset and works like an engine. Our experts recommend a high-level of hardware to ensure an accurate and exceptional performance across the vast range of virtual games and experiences.

The Operating System required for the Rift may be updated from time to time. Virtual experiences and games on the Oculus Rift require a PC that exceeds its minimum/recommended specifications or requirements. Our experts refer to the recommended PC requirements for this headset.

Oculus | Minimum PC requirements

  • Graphics-Card: NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti/AMD Radeon RX 470
  • Alternative Graphics-Card: NVIDIA GTX 960 4 GB/AMD Radeon R9 290
  • CPU: Intel i3-6100/AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • USB Ports: One USB 3.0 port, plus 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • OS: Windows 10

Oculus | Recommended PC requirements

  • Graphics-Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 480
  • Alternative Graphics-Card: NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD Radeon R9 290
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • USB Ports: 3 x USB 3.0 ports plus one USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10
Oculus Rift Unpackaging

Detailed Specifications

Oculus | In detail

  • Panel Type: Dual OLED 1080×1200
  • Supported Refresh: 90Hz
  • Native Color Space: Between Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 gamut, 2.2 gammas, D75 white point
  • Default SDK Color Space: Same as native color space, linear gamma (or native sRGB)
  • Display Connector: HDMI 1.3
  • USB Connector: Minimum 2x USB 3.0. Additional tracking sensors allowed on USB 2
  • Tracking: Outside in – 6DOF
  • Audio: Integrated over-ear High-Res built-in headphones and microphone
  • Lens Distance: Adjustable

Values to focus

The Rift provides incredible and intuitive control. However, summons fireballs in mage duels, fire accurately to defeat the german nazis, or you can sculpt your next excellent artistic vision.

Its Oculus Touch controllers help to bring the magic of hand presence to life in its immersive and rich virtual world. The graphics of Rift is ultra-clear.

Hearing is also as important as seeing, and that’s why the Rift offers High-Res built-in headphones for you to experience an excellent virtual experience. Its audio is designed in a way that can take virtual reality immersion deeper than ever.

Performance

The Rift is a powerful performer. With its powerful performance, it delivers an unparalleled visual and graphical fidelity and immersion thanks to technological breakthroughs such as Asynchronous SpaceWarp (ASW).

It makes you enable and possibly to bring a unique and high-end top-tier virtual reality experience to more PCs across a spectrum of large configurations.

Oculus Rift Review: Before Buying

The best audience

Oculus Rift delivers one of an unforgettable room-scale virtual gaming experience. Imagine walking around and enjoying its immersive virtual environment with 360 degrees of movement.

It supports a full-size room-scale experience with its six degrees of freedom for a realistic escape like no match.

Oculus Rift Review: Features & Benefits

Design

The Rift is a unique consumer virtual reality headset and delivers one of a high-quality, positionally tracked VR However, the hardware/software makes this headset more comfortable to use.

The Oculus Rift is designed from the ground to provide a balanced fit and long-term comfort. To achieve this precision level, It features high-quality and accurate optical assemblies and functional mechanical systems.

These features are wrapped in soft-comfortable materials to provide comfortability, distribute weight equally, and conceal complexity.

Oculus Rift Headset

Setup

You have to download and install the Oculus Rift software for your PC. Afterward, plug in the Rift into your PC to configure the external sensors and room-scale.

But remember, before you set up the Oculus Rift, make sure the two things are up to date. The first is the graphics card drivers and compatibility, and the second is the USB drivers.

Afterward, check the status of this headset and run the full set up. Check the battery levels, and before you started, just check the battery levels, firmware, and software are up to date.

The last step is to fit and run this VR headset by following the instructions on the prompt.

Home

“The Oculus Platform” is the home of the Rift. This will bring you the best and immersive virtual reality experiences available to date. It will be your home in virtual reality.

It enables you to explore and customize your headset home experience with countless combinations of designs, furniture, toys, and stunning & supreme works of art. It will start to feel like your physical apartment.

You can also enable if the rules of physics apply to it or not. The possibilities are endless with it. However, with the Oculus on your side, the power of your gaming PC and the platform is at your fingertips.

Dash will be your new virtual reality command center. It provides you the ability of multitasking across your most favorite PC desktop apps and games.

It is all with a wave of your hands by using an immersive and intuitive interface that’s only designed to be experienced with the Oculus Touch controllers.

VR Games

The Rift offers hundreds of VR games. The vast gaming library it provides enables you to discover the most satisfactory virtual games for you. However, whatever you will look for, you will find it right here.

Some of the best VR games featured by this VR headset are the following:

Star Trek – Bridge Crew: This game will immerse you in a Star Trek universe, thanks to the Rift. The game can put you and your teammates in the heart of the USS Aegis.

Your mission there will be to explore its uncharted sector of space known as “The Trench” in the hope of locating a perfect and delicate homeworld for the Vulcan populace.

Robo Recall: When you were a child, you used to push leads with a pencil, but now the time has changed, and you’re going to selling it with high-tech guns. A recent barrage of defective and homicidal technological future robots has created an opening in RoboReady.

You are thrown into the fray as a Recaller. Your mission is to rely on your wits, reflexes, and a high-load of weapons to eliminate the robot uprising. Good luck with saving the world.

Arktika. 1: This game is from the creators of the Metro series. This game is a highly virtual immersive and first-person action shooter just designed for the experience with the Oculus Touch controllers.

Nearly a century in the future, the world started to fall into an ice age in the aftermath of an apocalypse. Only a few regions remained habitable. Get into it, find the corruption, explore, and save the world.

Mage’s Tale: This game is one of the virtual reality’s most significant achievements. This game is also a must-play for RPG players/fans and provides a beautiful, unforgettable classic dungeon crawler with a side order of camp. Our experts call it the best story-driven VR game of the decade.

Oculus Medium: The virtual-reality is a resolution in 3-D asset creation, and this game is an excellent VR creative tool. It enables you to sculpt, model, and paint in an immersive and rich VR environment. No matter if you are an expert or a total beginner, this game will be fun.

Echo VR: In this game, you’ll be able to play as a futuristic battle robot armed with a vast majority of weapons. On the Rift, Echo VR would feel like a console game. This game also offers the ability to experience it as a team of four against high-speed and zero-gravity enemies.

Controller

The motion controllers (Oculus Touch) supported by the Rift are the Oculus Touch Controllers. However, with the advancement of the technology, the two new Oculus Touch controllers got announced Oculus Touch Remote and Connector for Rock Band VR Guitar Touch Controller.

These three are the motion systems used by the Oculus. Two iterations of the touch – motion controllers (Oculus Touch) have been developed. The first was for the Oculus Rift, which uses external tracking sensors, and second was for the Rift S, which uses inside-out tracking.

But now the second version of these touch – motion controllers (Oculus Touch) also compatible with the Rift but doesn’t provide the amount of accuracy as compared to the first version specially designed for the Oculus.

Oculus Rift Controllers

Audio

Oculus has announced a new way to listen to the amazingness. Immerse yourself in the virtual-reality with the help of the High-Res audio quality of the Rift virtual reality headset.

The Oculus Rift contains a set of built-in headphones that can be the place on the on-ear. It generally comes with decent built-in headphones that use a High-Res certified audio system to send audio down the head strap into your ears.

However, this solution of built-in headphones works in most situations but can be removed if required, and custom headphones can be used.

VR headsets that contain these headphones may earn your trust with the quality they output, and Rift is one from these VR headsets and capable of delivering one of a promised immersive virtual-world experience.

Store

The Oculus Store is divided into eight sections according to the functionality of apps and games they contain.

  1. Top Selling: This section contains the top-selling and most famous virtual-reality experiences like Asgard’s Wrath, Beat Saber, and Lone Echo.
  2. New Releases: Contains the latest virtual-reality releases and updated weekly. Like Mini Motor Racking X, Grove, and The Eastern Edge, games are part of this list.
  3. On Sale Now: Complete the collection of your virtual-reality titles by saving on VR titles. Top seller experiences like Defector, Battleware, and Shadow Legend VR are part of this section.
  4. Oculus Store Originals: This section will help you to unlock the magic of the virtual-reality of premium games and experiences designed exclusively for Oculus Rift. Oculus Store offers titles and games like Half + Half, Lies Beneath, and Fail Factory.
  5. Rift Essentials: Offers you the latest and the best virtual-reality must-have experiences for Oculus Rift and contain the titles like Job Simulator, SuperHot, and Moss.
  6. Hot Multiplayer Games: Offers you the hottest multiplayer games to play. Join these fun and fantastic games and have a blast in VR social reality. It offers Zero Caliber VR, Eleven: Table Tennis VR, and Elite Dangerous: Commander Delus Editions and many more.
  7. Rhythm & Beats: Feel the beat and rhythm your high score with these amazing musical titles this section contains like Beat Saber, Dance Collider, and BOXVR.
  8. Action & Adventure: Start playing the best and amazing action-adventure games in virtual-reality through this section. It contains Robo Recall, Dead and Buried, and SuperHot VR like games and many more.

Display

The Original Rift has the ability to relax your eyes with a pair of 1080 x 1200 OLED displays. However, these displays are bright and pixel-dense enough to avoid the screen door effect of lower resolution displays.

The OLEDs run at 90 Hz. A subtle amount of refresh rate to mostly eliminate the problem of motion sickness. The flat displays become three-dimensional thanks to a pair of hybrid Fresnel lenses designed to minimized visual distortion while enlarging the displays field of view curved around your eyes.

The display and lens system of the Original Oculus Rift is an excellent step up from the Oculus prototyping. Individual pixels are still visible and can be seen if focused. On the other hand, the resolution os good enough to sustain detail virtual-reality games.

Social

Oculus believed that social virtual-reality experiences and games are the most popular and need to be developed on a vast size. From the start of 2013 to May 2015, the most multiplayer games and social experiences are released, and now the most skills this headset has to offer are the common ones.

Altspace VR launched a public beta of DK2 in 2015 to try out their social virtual-reality platform. This game allows people to inhabit a shared VR space with a high-level of voice/audio communications alongside VR screens.

Insight Tracking

Oculus Rift tracks the physical movement of the body through its external sensors, which are known as Oculus Sensor. Mostly to have an accurate amount of tracking, it requires only two external sensors.

But, if your room-scale area is a bigger one, then a third external sensor will not hurt but enhance the accuracy in motion tracking. A subtle amount of tracking accuracy can be used to eliminate the problem of motion sickness, mostly.

With a clear as crystalline of sight, these sensors track the constellations of IR LEDs to translate your physical movement in its immersive virtual-reality world.

The stand of these tracking sensors is ideal for most setups, and its standard 1/4-20 mount works with most of the tripods. When using a third sensor, it also requires an additional USB 2.0 port.

Oculus Rift Review: Our Analysis & Test Results

The rich-experience Rift delivers no match with its price. It’s still shopping on a budget and also offers more than can be expected at this price. However, even decently expensive for some.

To find out the weaknesses and strengths of this headset today, we bought the high-tier VR models and put them through a series of sophisticated and head-to-head ability tests.

These ability tests are divided into five sections, and now we will shortly discuss with you out foundings.

Interactiveness

The Oculus Rift scored a “home-run.” Meaning, did exceptionally high and earned 8 out of 10 for its interactiveness. Our experts check the level of interaction of each headset, like the area covered by the sensors, and the accuracy of headset and Oculus Touch controllers at tracking the movement in this test.

With the help of its head controllers, it became straightforward to interact with this headset. These Oculus Touch controllers specially designed to be experienced with the Oculus Rift. There are no buttons on the headset physically; instead, there are enough on Oculus Touch controllers, and that can cover the loss.

The area that can be covered by the external sensors is enormous. However, our experts find that the motion tracking accuracy and performance of this headset improves if used as an additional third external sensor.

The motion controllers are highly responsive and track the hand’s gestures accurately through a variety of different virtual-reality experiences and games.

The accuracy of these controllers can exceed the PlayStation VR & Oculus Rift S and just match with the performance of HTC Vive. It works perfectly, but when we use three sensors, it can create a few issues. However, Rift is exceptionally interactive when it comes to immersive virtual-reality experiences.

Oculus Rift Inner Look

Visual Impressiveness

In terms of importance, this metric ranks second. Visual Immersiveness accounts for 20% of the final score.

Our experts ranked every VR. Headset in its resolution and visual sharpness, like how good the headset is in blocking of ambient light, its FOV, and the overall visual viewing quality and immersive ranking. This VR did supreme and scored 9 out of 10.

The Rift did a fantastic job of blocking out the vast majority of ambient light, but a little can still sneak-in from around the nose. However, it isn’t enough light that can be a reason od distraction when using this VR.

It also has a resolution of 1080 x 1200 pixels per eye and typing with the HTC Vive for the highest resolution of the virtual-reality group. The text it outputs seemed to be a little bit high-quality and sharper on it than on the HTC Vive.

The FOV (Field of View) on the Oculus Rift is unique and expensive, claimed to be 110 degrees and one of the highest of the entire virtual-reality headsets group.

However, our experts did find that they could see more of the visuals in PlayStation VR and HTC Vive than the Oculus Rift.

In general, the Oculus Rift has an excellent and superb viewing quality, though our experts did find that the contrast ration of this VR to be inferior to the HTC Vive and the PlayStation VR.

Our experts also noted that there was a very little white haze over the dark areas of the visuals in their assessments, just a little worse than the HTC Vive or the PlayStation VR.

Comfort

The Rift was uncomfortable for our experts who wore glasses. This matric consists of the 20% of the overall score and accessed that how comfortable this VR is to wear for an extended period or long gaming sessions, like whether or not this VR had enough room for glasses, and if there is enough ventilation to keep the face safe from becoming sweaty. The Rift did fine and earned 5 out of 10.

The Oculus Rift is the only and like a bit comfortable in wear, though it couldn’t match the comfort level of the Samsung Gear VR.

However, it feels like ultra-snug on your face and also making it a bit difficult to wear glasses than some of the other amazing headsets out there in the market like HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.

One advantage Rift offers is that there are no extra headphone wires to get in the way. It has an average amount of ventilation.

It means that your face will not get sweaty enough to fog the optics and ruin your gameplay, however, unless in a sweltering and humid environment or for long gaming sessions.

User Friendliness

The majority of the headsets can be a little tighter, especially if you wear the glasses, but it’s not the case with the Rift.

For this metric, our experts evaluated how much effort is required to connected the headphones or setting up the audio for this VR, like how much amount of work it took to set up this VR after the initial set up and installation, and whether or not this VR is natural to press buttons smoothly. The Rift did just tremendous and earned 9 out of 10.

This headset is the easiest of them all to configure the audio. However, headphones are built-in and also are very easy to use.

These headphones deliver one of the high-res certified output and immersive audio. This VR only requiring you to put the VR on in the view of the external sensors. It’s nearly impossible to accidentally press a button on this VR because it has none on itself.

Ease of Setup

The Oculus Rift requires a powerful gaming PC to run it. This is the final metric of the test and takes credit for the remaining of the final score.

To determine this score, our experts evaluate how long it took to install the software and hardware, and the level of hardware/software required for this VR system to function accurately and adequately. It did below average and earned 4 out of 10.

It wasn’t an issue for experts to get the hardware for this VR to set it up and to run. It only takes about 40 minutes when moving at a decent pace.

Its majority od setup process is directed through a decent amount of series steps. Our experts found it a bit difficult to finalizing the position of the external sensors to give n accurate measurements. However, adjusting the external sensors is a bit hard.

The software setup of this VR is also a bit easy. It takes less time as compared to the HTC Vive and a bit quicker then PlayStation VR. It took about 50 minutes for our experts to download the installer and creating an Oculus account.

There are some stringent hardware/software requirements to run this VR. Like, this VR requires a high-end gaming PC. with a high-end graphics card. An extra third external sensor also needs to be bought separately to have an ultra-accurate immersive virtual vibe.

Playing With Oculus Rift

Conclusion

The Oculus Rift is a five-star virtual reality VR for someone who wants a top-end immersive virtual experience without paying a premium price and making it substantial value.

The Oculus Rift is overall an exceptionally supreme VR headset. It allows you to get the maximum immersive virtual experience while saving some cash.

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