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Oculus Rift S Review: You call this an upgrade?

Oculus Rift S Review: You call this an upgrade?

Posted   05.03.19
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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Rift S isn’t a huge upgrade over the original Rift, but it brings Oculus’ desktop VR into the modern era. Its built-in tracking works well, and the displays look much better than before. But if you were expecting something truly next-generation from Oculus, you’re better off looking at the Quest.

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Pros
  • Built in tracking works well
  • Sharper resolution than the Rift
  • Halo headstrap is comfortable and secure
  • Great motion controllers
Cons
  • Not a significant upgrade over the Rift overall
  • Design and build quality is noticeably worse than Rift and Quest
  • Quest has higher resolution displays
80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

80
 

User Reviews

30
Jonathan
If you have a CV1 with 3 sensors and play competitive FPS like Pavlov or Onward,...read more
100
Chris
While I agree that this may not be a huge upgrade from the original rift in...read more
90
Huy
As my first headset for a budget gaming pc, I absolutely love my Rift S. The...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
74
Average Critic Score
 
90
Pocket-Lint
The Oculus Rift S brings some welcome enhancements to the already brilliant VR system from Oculus, making for a freer experience with fewer cables. There's plenty to enjoy with this new headset, too, with the lack of true wireless and no USB-C headphones port being the only real downsides we see here.
 
70
The Verge
But right now, Oculus has delivered one major improvement and several debatably helpful trade-offs — and if you want to play its biggest blockbuster games, you’ll have to accept them.
 
70
TechRadar
The Oculus Rift S is certainly a more approachable entry point into PC-based VR. But its concessions for accessibility haven’t improved the overall experience of entering into virtual worlds.
 
80
PC Gamer
The Rift S improves on its predecessor, offering the easiest way to get into PC gaming in VR.
 
80
PC Mag
The Oculus Rift S improves on the previous Rift headset with a sharper screen and a camera array that doesn't require external sensors.
 
60
Tom's Hardware
There's a fair bit to like about the Rift S. But the original set a high bar that this model doesn’t really move higher. If you're shopping for your first VR setup, it's worth considering. But no one should upgrade to the Rift S.
 
80
PC World
The Oculus Rift S builds upon its predecessor in certain key aspects, but most "improvements" feel like a lateral move. Worse, it's hard to see who exactly it's intended for when released alongside the untethered Oculus Quest.
 
70
TechCrunch
It’s a headset that will offer more pleasant on-boarding and usage to new customers, but for what is supposed to be the industry’s leading high-end headset, Oculus has taken a small step back in performance.
 
70
Destructoid
If you already bought into Oculus with the Rift, you probably don't need to run out and get the S. In fact, while just as impressive fundamentally as the original was, it's still a tethered headset, so it isn't going to change a lot of people's minds if that's a dealbreaker. For everyone else, now is still a fine time to jump into VR with Oculus.
 
70
Polygon
The Rift S offers a sharper and more immediately impressive image than the Quest due to the added power of an external gaming PC, but I prefer the freedom and flexibility offered by the Quest if I want to play a quick game for fun or to fit a surprisingly effective workout into a busy day.