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Basic specs Price: $ 399341 €305 £45,093 ¥
Metascore
Manufacturer Oculus
Category Tethered VR
Requirement PC
Resolution 1080 × 1200 px (per eye)
Field of view (FOV) 110°
Release date 2016
Country United States
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Oculus Rift review

The Oculus Rift is a tethered virtual reality headset made by Oculus, considered to be a famous and leading manufacturer for VR, based in the United States.

Oculus famously launched via a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 raising $2.4 million. The company was thereafter purchased by Facebook for $2 billion. It is a brand often credited for bringing VR into the mainstream and helped launch renewed investment into virtual reality technologies and devices.

Despite being one of pioneer VR devices purchased by the mass market, the Rift reportedly suffers from screendoor effect (SDE). This means that visible pixel lines can be seen. Other devices such as the HTC VIVE and Samsung Gear VR have the same issues. This issue has been addressed with newer versions of the Oculus Rift but is still not perfect.

A second factor is halo effect, also called glare, lens flare or light ray artefact effect. This is allegedly due to the Rift’s Fresnel lenses, and other headsets using these lenses have the same issue.

Rift main features

  • Easily adjustable straps: added comfort for users in prolonged use.
  • Ergonomic Touch Controllers: they provide intuitive control and are easy to use.
  • 6DoF: for a fully immersive experience.
  • Intuitive plug-and-play setup: allows all levels of users to start using the Oculus VR headset hassle-free.
  • Oculus content platform: users have access to hundreds of games and apps.

Optional extras include a third sensor for better positional tracking. Oculus earphones are also available separately to replace the on-ear pads for a more immersive audio experience.

Oculus Rift price

The Rift by Oculus is available at the manufacturer price of $399 (see on Amazon).

Oculus also manufactures the Oculus GoDiscover more VR headsets as well as AR glasses with our comparison engine.

General

Model Rift
Manufacturer Oculus
Metascore
Price $ 399341 €305 £45,093 ¥
Release date 2016
Country United States
Status Available
Category Tethered VR
Requirement PC
Content platform Oculus

Display

Display type OLED
Resolution 1080 × 1200 px (per eye)
Refresh rate 90 Hz
Field of view (FOV) 110°
Field of view (vertical)

VR/AR Experience

Room scale Yes
360° tracking Yes
Positional tracking Yes
Built-in front camera No
Eye tracking No
Hand tracking No
Proximity sensor No
3D scanning No

Features

Usable with glasses Yes
Cooling system No
Built-in headphones Yes
Built-in microphone Yes

Controllers

Optional controller Oculus Touch
Compatible with third-party controllers Yes

Compatibility

Min CPU (Processor) Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
Min GPU (Graphic Processor) NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
Min RAM (Memory) 8 GB
OS Microsoft Windows
Screen size (mobile)
OS (mobile)

Hardware

Weight 470 g16.58 oz
Dimensions 184 × 114 × 89 mm7.24 × 4.49 × 3.5 in
Battery life
Fit Adjustable Velcro straps
Build materials Plastic, foam rubber, glass
IPD adjustment Yes
Lens-to-eye adjustment Yes

Connectivity

USB Yes
Micro USB No
DisplayPort No
mini DisplayPort No
HDMI Yes
Micro SD Card No
Bluetooth Yes
Wifi No

Oculus Rift tests and ratings

Metascore
4.1 / 5