Oculus Rift S



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Product information

Key specs

Integrated screen
Yes
Integrated speakers
Yes
Adjustable lenses
Yes
Controller included
Yes
Suitable for people who wear glasses
Yes

Pros and cons

According to our VR headsets expert
  • Thanks to the inside-out tracking, you don't need external sensors for the accurate registration of your movements.
  • The Passthrough+ technology shows you the real world when you have the Rift S on your head.
  • Thanks to the adjustable headband, the Rift S has a more comfortable fit than the original Oculus Rift.
  • The refresh rate of the screen at 80Hz is lower than the 90Hz of the original Oculus Rift.
  • With the 1280x1440 resolution per eye, the image is less sharp than with the HTC Vive Pro.
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Description

The Oculus Rift S is the successor to the original Oculus Rift. This new VR headset has inside-out tracking, so you'll no longer need external sensors. This means you'll have more freedom of movement while wearing the headset, and it provides you with more accurate tracking. You don't have to configure the Oculus Rift first. Simply unpack the Rift S and connect it to a computer or laptop, and you can start using the device right away. In addition, you'll be able to see the real world while wearing the headset thanks to the Passthrough+ technology. That way, you won't accidentally bump into anything.

System requirements
To use the Oculus Rift S, the following system requirements are recommended for your computer:
Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 580
Processor: Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX 4350
RAM: 8GB
Operating system: Windows 10
Connectors: USB 3.0, DisplayPort 1.2 / Mini DisplayPort (doesn't work via HDMI)

The Oculus Rift S is the successor to the original Oculus Rift. This new VR headset has inside-out tracking, so you'll no longer need external sensors. This means you'll have more freedom of movement while wearing the headset, and it provides you with more accurate tracking. You don't have to configure the Oculus Rift first. Simply unpack the Rift S and connect it to a computer or laptop, and you can start using the device right away. In addition, you'll be able to see the real world while wearing the headset thanks to the Passthrough+ technology. That way, you won't accidentally bump into anything.

System requirements
To use the Oculus Rift S, the following system requirements are recommended for your computer:
Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 580
Processor: Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX 4350
RAM: 8GB
Operating system: Windows 10
Connectors: USB 3.0, DisplayPort 1.2 / Mini DisplayPort (doesn't work via HDMI)


Included by default

Included by default

Key specs

Integrated screen
Yes
Integrated speakers
Yes
Adjustable lenses
Yes
Controller included
Yes
Suitable for people who wear glasses
Yes


Reviews

Most helpful reviews

  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    Affordable, high-quality VR experience

    Tobi Smethurst | 28 July 2019

    • Pros:
      Affordable VR
    • Pros:
      Works great
    • Pros:
      Comfortable as hell
    • Pros:
      Built in audio and microphone
    • Con:
      Audio is a bit lacking
    • Con:
      Controllers require separate batteries (ie., not rechargeable)

    My first VR headset (I was waiting for the tech to mature a bit before jumping in) and I'm super happy with it. Running a Geforce RTX 2080 (not TI) and getting extremely smooth performance. Have tried it already with Steam VR and with Oculus store, and both work great. Setup is easy: just install the software and plug it in (displayport and USB3 required), put the batteries in the controllers, and you're good to go after a minimal setup process which the software guides you through.

    I'm using it in my living room and have just enough space to meet requirements, and the guardian feature thing is very useful for making sure I don't bump into my furniture (it basically creates virtual boundaries that are invisible until you're too close, then it shows that you're about to bump into something).

    Comfort levels are excellent, I'm able to play for hours with no problems. Very easy to adjust the fitting of the headset, and it's very light. I wear quite thick nerdy glasses and they fit into the headset no problem.

    My only real issues are that the resolution could be a bit higher (but for a 450 euro headset it's already damn good), the controllers should be rechargeable but use one AA battery each which doesn't last long, and the bass in the headset audio is a bit disappointing (although the audio positioning is really good).

    I didn't realise when I bought the headset that there's a microphone build into it as well, which is really convenient!

    All in all, highly recommend this headset at the price :) Thanks coolblue!

    Tobi Smethurst | 28 July 2019
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,0/10
    Great VR headset

    Morrighan Craenen | 5 August 2019

    • Pros:
      No extra sensors needed
    • Pros:
      comfortable
    • Pros:
      Great tracking
    • Pros:
      Easy to use
    • Pros:
      works with most vr games
    • Con:
      lenses get dirty quite easily
    • Con:
      can't take off the face cushions to wash them
    • Con:
      very, very limited DPI options

    Though it has some problems, especially the extremely limited DPI options (mine is 58mm and while that's an option, it still slightly lessens the quality + not everyone's eyes are symmetrical, and there's no option for that), I think this is a very great VR headset. It's comfortable, intuitive, has great audio and video (at least if you have the right DPI) quality and just a lot of fun to use

    Morrighan Craenen | 5 August 2019
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Five stars product!

    Oxana Machedon | 13 July 2019

    • Pros:
      Comfortable design
    • Pros:
      High image quality
    • Pros:
      Options
    • Pros:
      Accurate registration of the movements
    • Con:
      The refresh rate of the screen
    • Con:
      Sound quality

    I like it so much!!! It is more than I was expected. I am simply surprised how real-world looks the images. A little bit disappointed with the sound, but in the rest it's perfect.

    Oxana Machedon | 13 July 2019
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,0/10
    Would definitely recommend, but measure your IPD before buyi
    • Pros:
      no external sensors
    • Pros:
      good software
    • Pros:
      accurate
    • Pros:
      camera
    • Pros:
      fits nicely over glasses
    • Con:
      limited to 58-74 IPD
    • Con:
      annoying sound takeover
    • Con:
      Cable can be annoying

    The Rift S is a good and stable product and definitely an improvement to the Rift in software. It's accurate and it's nice to be able to play without being limited to the sensors. With a camera seeing your surroundings you can easily install a safe playing area. The Rift S offers a lot of freedom even though it is wired.

    I bought the Rift S for work (VR sculpting and UI design) and Rift S is definitely the best headset for that. Most peers in my industry agree.

    While gaming the cable can get annoying in the face, around the body or around your feet. Sometimes it makes me a bit anxious to trip over it. But this has improved since the Rift nonetheless.

    Adjustments for head size is effortless. Very nice. And it fits really nicely over my glasses without leaning on them.

    At first I noticed the vision was very bad in one eye, then I found out my IPD of 57 is too small and you cannot adjust the lenses for Rift S. This can be compensated a bit with the software but it only goes down to 58. Think about this before you buy it if your IPD is far below 58 or above 72.(Above is worse than below.)

    Brenda van Vugt | 4 July 2020
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Very professional VR gear.
    • Pros:
      No external sensors needed
    • Pros:
      More powerful than the totally wireless versions
    • Con:
      Still connected by a wire...
    • Con:
      No dedicated browser, makes 3d movies watching a bit tricky

    Excellent experience. I wish I had more time...

    Tiberiu Popescu | 6 September 2019
  • 3.5 / 5 stars
    7,2/10
    I plugged it in and it just works
    • Pros:
      Passthrough + is genius
    • Pros:
      Clean image with sharp visuals and without screen door effect
    • Pros:
      Tracking is easier and more consistent then cv1
    • Con:
      Forced to use headphones because build in sound is a joke
    • Con:
      Build quality is worse compared to cv1, controllers are easier to break

    For the price you should get this, make sure you wear headphones and be careful you dont smack a wall with your controllers since it seems the build quality is bad compared to cv1

    Arn | 22 August 2019
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,0/10
    Not perfect, but worth the money for sure.
    • Pros:
      Fairly easy to setup
    • Pros:
      Good tracking
    • Con:
      Sometimes DP doesn't work
    • Con:
      Battery compartment cap can slide off

    I'm very satisfied with the product, I had some problems with it, but ultimately it's still the best price/quality VR product

    Mykyta | 3 December 2019
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    Nice Introduction to VR
    • Pros:
      Easy to set up
    • Pros:
      Has access to large selection of games
    • Pros:
      Can be used with both Steam and Oculus store
    • Pros:
      Good tracking of the controllers
    • Con:
      Prety short cable

    Really nice for a starter introduction into VR. The price is really good for what the headset offers

    Adrian Badarau | 5 December 2019
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Hey, thats pretty guud
    • Pros:
      Easy setup
    • Con:
      Display port only would have loved an adapter

    Bout the device for personal use after using it at work.

    Sam Van de Walle | 4 October 2019
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,0/10
    Good overall VR solution for those with VR ready computers
    • Pros:
      Works well with SteamVR
    • Pros:
      Installation was quick and hassle-free
    • Pros:
      Light
    • Pros:
      Comes with Mini-HDMI to DP adapter
    • Con:
      Needs a few adjustments before it sits properly
    • Con:
      Cable needs a little adjusting to go down back and not side

    It is a good entry-level VR that is great if you want to get into VR and the store has allot to offer, although a bit more expensive that their Steam counterparts. Overall I think it is a good VR solution if you already have a PC that is VR ready. I personally am not a supporter of the Oculus-Link as I feel it is very cable specific and cannot be that long always, mostly disconnects if too long or uses extensions. The deciding factor for me between Rift S and the Quest: On which platform (Oculus store or SteamVR) are you going to play most VR games? For me, the answer was quite simple.

    Donovan Botes | 21 September 2020

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