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Oculus Rift VR Headset

£372.99
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The Oculus Rift VR headset is quite lightweight so it’s very comfortable to wear, even for extended periods, and doesn’t place too much pressure on the neck. It is lighter than other VR headsets.

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Jennifer Watts

29th November 2017

By Jennifer Watts

Mum, Wife, Gadget Lover & Foodie


The Oculus Rift is a VR headset which actually does what it promises: it makes it seem like you are in a different world. The overall VR experience with the Oculus Rift is fantastic and I haven’t been able to find any faults with the quality, the authenticity, or any other aspect. It gets two big thumbs up from me.

What’s in the Box?

The box includes 1 headset, 2 touch controllers, and two sensors. I wasn’t sure at first if the touch controllers were going to be a bit gimmicky but they are actually amazing. You just hold them and it makes it seem like the hands in the VR environment are your own so it adds an extra layer of realism. Before I bought this I did have a quick go with my friend’s HTC Vive controllers and I think the Oculus Rift touch controllers are a lot better because they’re smaller and the buttons seem a bit easier to use. Everything connects via USB, so as long as you have a few USB ports free then setup should be simple.

Performance

Performance is incredible, and the experience is fantastic. I was actually impressed to learn that the Oculus Rift is pretty much as good as some of the more expensive VR headsets on the market. The OLED display has a 2160 x 1200 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, 110 degree field of view, and built-in audio and microphone which puts it in the same league as the HTC Vive. The only area which isn’t quite as good is the tracking, which is 5x5 feet with the two sensors that are included in the box. You can increase the area by buying another sensor, but even then the tracking area isn’t as good as some of the others.

Comfort

The Oculus Rift VR headset is quite lightweight so it’s very comfortable to wear, even for extended periods, and doesn’t place too much pressure on the neck. It is lighter than other VR headsets, especially the PS VR which is about 150g more. Having used both the PS VR and the Oculus Rift headsets, I would say that I experienced less motion sickness with the Oculus Rift. It was still there, but not as bad. I definitely can’t stay in VR too long on either model as I do start to feel a bit ‘off’ and a little nauseous.

My only concern with the overall comfort is that I can’t seem to adjust the headset enough to properly accommodate my glasses comfortably. I even scratched the lenses trying the first time! Luckily my vision isn’t too bad so I just take my glasses off when I use this, but some people might find this an obstacle.

Compatibility

The Oculus Rift is powered by PC, so it’s definitely a better option than the PS VR if you don’t have a Playstation 4 or Playstation 4 Pro, but you do need a good graphics card or it will look awful. Recommended is NVIDIA GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 480 +, although it does do OK with the GTX 1050.

Content

A few freebies were included with the Oculus Rift so there is definitely enough to get started with and give you a sense of what you’re doing. Lucky’s Tale was my favourite as I’m not really into ‘serious’ gaming, and it looked great. But the included content isn’t enough to justify buying the Oculus Rift, you need to purchase additional content if you want to get the most from using a VR headset like this. There is actually a pretty decent selection of content available with lots of different things to choose from.

Worth It?

Yes! The Oculus Rift seems to have many of the same features as the more expensive models but for a cheaper price, so I think it is very good value for money. It’s the most comfortable VR headset I’ve tried which I think is mostly down to the light weight. The only reason I can imagine not buying this was if I’d need to buy a new compatible PC. In this case I might be tempted to go with the PS VR instead.

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  • Display: OLED
  • Resolution: 2160 x 1200
  • Refresh Rate: 90Hz
  • Platform: Oculus Home
  • Field of View: 110 Degrees
  • Tracking Area: 5x5 Feet
  • Controller: Oculus Touch
  • Connectivity: HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
  • Compatibility: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater, Intel Core i3-6100 / AMD FX4350 or greater, 8GB+ RAM, Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output, 2x USB 3.0 ports, Windows 7 SP1 or newer

Model

Display Type

Resolution

Field Of View

Weight (kg)

Rating

Price

Oculus Rift

OLED

2160 X 1200

110 Degrees

0.47

£372.99

Samsung Gear VR

AMOLED

-

101 Degrees

0.345

£109.00

Sony Playstation VR

OLED

1080p

100 Degrees

0.61

£289.99


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