REVIEW: Oculus Rift S

The Oculus Rift S Virtual Reality glasses are one of the most used VR devices today, so let’s review some of its main features.

Oculus brings us this second generation of the Rift family, oriented to move the latest VR titles with the support of a PC.

Box Contents

The box presents a good packaging design. Made in black color, without many frills, with the logo on the front and in the rear area some screenshots of the games that are capable of running these VR glasses.

Oculus Rift S Unboxing

When we open it, we find:

  • 2 Oculus Touch controllers
  • A small cardboard case with 2 batteries for the controllers, the instructions and the warranty booklet
  • The 5-meter cable that connects the viewer to the PC (USB 3.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 output)
  • DisplayPort 1.2 to Mini DisplayPort Adapter
  • The Oculus Rift S glasses

It is recommended to keep this box to store the viewer, controllers and cables.

Technical specifications

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Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset
Screen
LCD
Resolutiion
2560×1400 px (1280×1440 per eye)
Frames per second
80fps
Tracking
Sensors integrated in the viewfinder and controls
IPD
fixed 63.5mm
Audio
Integrated + minijack 3.5mm input
Image
Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset
Screen
LCD
Resolutiion
2560×1400 px (1280×1440 per eye)
Frames per second
80fps
Tracking
Sensors integrated in the viewfinder and controls
IPD
fixed 63.5mm
Audio
Integrated + minijack 3.5mm input

The technical characteristics of these glasses represent an advance over the previous generation. Although the viewfinder is LCD, the sub-pixel RGB technology achieves a great image quality.

These helmets incorporate a 360º audio system, with speakers integrated into the headset that, although they do their job and the experience is far from negative, cannot be compared to the immersion of using a headset.

Minimum PC requirements

To enjoy these VR glasses we need a Windows PC, as they are not compatible with Mac.

  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290
  • Intel i5-4590 / Ryzen 5 1500X Processor
  • 8 GB RAM memory
  • DisplayPort 1.2 or Mini DisplayPort output
  • Three USB 3.0 ports + one USB 2.0 port

From here, the more sugar the sweeter.

Considering that most of the components in the minimum requirements are from past generations, it won’t cost us to have a computer capable of running with the graphical load that Virtual Reality needs.

In this guide you can learn about some of the best gaming laptops.

Motion tracking

Oculus Rift S

These VR oculus are use inside out tracking, this means that their tracking method is built into the viewfinder and Touch Controllers. It’s time to say goodbye to external tracking devices.

Motion tracking is possible thanks to the 5 integrated cameras, in addition to the accelerometer, gyroscope and a 360-degree range position system in the Touch Controllers

When we move the headset or the controllers, the sensors readjust to capture our position in the virtual world.

In short, the tracking system works very smoothly and with a very reliable response. It must be said that Oculus has done its homework.

Games

On Steam you will find a lot of VR games compatible with these Oculus Rift S, in addition to the titles that you can find the official Oculus store.

In this article I number some of the best Virtual Reality games.

Ergonomics and design

From the point of view of comfort, we could catalog these Oculus Rift S as a lightweight glasses, with a weight of 560 grams.

Ergonomics is very careful in these glasses, being one of those with the best opinions of the community in terms of comfort.

For the fastening system they have a toothed wheel system to adjust the pressure in addition to a Velcro strap system that runs along the upper area.

It also has a button to adjust the distance from the front of the visor.

Touch Controller
Right touch controller

The Touch Controllers are comfortable and lightweight, using one AA battery each. As for the motion tracking, we have already mentioned that it is light and precise, and we can notice the improvement compared to the previous generation.

Getting started

The first step is to install the Oculus software on the PC. Once this is done we must limit the space of the gaming area so as not to bump into furniture or objects

It’s a quick process that we won’t have to repeat, as the room profile is recorded in the application storage, so after the first setup we just have to plug it in and play.

A very useful feature that the Oculus Rift S has is that we can see what is around us through the integrated cameras.

Final impressions

Broadly speaking, the Oculus Rift S is an update of Virtual Reality, integrating motion capture in the same device, improving the graphic quality and reducing the effort to use a Virtual Reality device.

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Advantages

  • Graphic quality in the image
  • Very comfortable VR device
  • Very polished tracking system

Disadvantages

  • Long gaming sessions can be tiring for eyesight
  • IPD is not hardware adjustable

Conclusion

Rating:
8.5/10 The Oculus Rift S is currently one of the best options to enjoy the best Virtual Reality titles.
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Última actualización el 2021-06-13 / Enlaces de afiliados / Imágenes de la API para Afiliados

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