Mini review video: Our verdict on the Oculus Rift in a minute

Imperfect, but worth it.

Engadget, @engadget
April 2, 2016
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    We're only three months into 2016, but it's already safe to say that the Oculus Rift will have been one of the most hotly anticipated products of the year. The virtual reality headset, which began shipping a week ago, debuted to mostly positive reviews this week, including on Engadget. Our own Devindra Hardawar concluded that the headset is immersive, comfortable to wear, and boasts an impressive catalog of games and apps, even at launch.

    As a first-generation product, though, it's not without its flaws. At $599 for the headset alone it's pricey, and it requires a powerful PC that's probably expensive in its own right. Motion sickness will also be an issue for some, and the device can be cumbersome to take and off if you wear glasses. That said, despite these growing pains -- and the considerable expense -- it's worth it if you want an early taste of the future.

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    Pros
    • It's capable of fully immersing you in virtual worlds
    • The headset is light and comfortable
    • Offers a solid ecosystem of VR apps and games
    Cons
    • It's too expensive for most, and requires a powerful gaming PC
    • Glasses wearers will have to deal with some slight discomfort
    • Motion controller not available at launch
    • Might lead to motion sickness

    Summary

    As a first-generation VR product, the Oculus Rift delivers an impressive amount of immersion. The big downside is its price, as well as the fact that it requires a PC gaming rig. For most people, it might be wiser to wait until the price drops for high-end VR.

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