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Oculus Rift S

Oculus Rift S

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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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73
Average user Score
 
30
Jonathan
10.11.19
If you have a CV1 with 3 sensors and play competitive FPS like Pavlov or Onward, don't waste your money.
 
100
Chris
10.11.19
While I agree that this may not be a huge upgrade from the original rift in terms of specs it's everything else about it that makes it a winner for me. I've had a DK2, CV1 and now the S to compare with. The strap is more comfortable and adjustment of it is a million times easier, the inside out tracking means no more cameras and usb cables all over the place and the screendoor effect is massively reduced so text in games is so much more readable. There have been a lot of criticisms of the audio but for me it's miles better than the original: no more headphones to constantly adjust, I can hear important sounds around me and it's just as immersive as the original ever was. If loud bass sounds are important to you there's a headphone socket built right in. Lastly, the inside out tracking means there is now a passthrough mode so you can see what's going on around you in an instant without having to take the headset off. Overall I truly believe it was worth the upgrade for me. If you're serious about gaming, the Rift S is the way to go.
 
90
Huy
10.11.19
As my first headset for a budget gaming pc, I absolutely love my Rift S. The halo strap is much more comfortable than the original Vive, and the tracking has worked flawlessly. The cable very rarely bothers me, and the build quality on both the headset and the controller are good enough for me to believe it will last a few years, which is what I'm looking for in terms of value at this price point. easily replaceable batteries are a godsend. My only gripes after using it for a month is the fit doesn't make it easy to wear glasses, and and the Oculus ecosystem is simply not as responsive as SteamVR.