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Best Mid-Range: Oculus Rift S

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With the Oculus Rift S, you get to make your own reality. The PC-powered VR gaming system requires no external sensors and boasts sharper graphics and more powerful responses.

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With the Oculus Rift S, you get to make your own reality. The PC-powered VR gaming system requires no external sensors and boasts sharper graphics and more powerful responses. The graphics have been upgraded to 1280 x 1440 pixels per eye, and while refresh rate is reduced from the original Oculus Rift, the headset includes ASW, a technology that is said to optimize quality across PCs.

Upgraded with comfort in mind, the VR headset is padded and can be tightened easily with the fit wheel, though it might feel bulkier due to the outward facing cameras: two front-facing, two side-facing, and one pointing upwards. The headset includes two touch controllers, which are light and responsive as you play. The tracking ring is positioned at the top, rather than the bottom, of each, which allows the headset to better detect them and create a smoother, more realistic gaming experience.

Designed as a replacement to the original Oculus Rift, it matches it in price and hardware and can work with the same software. Like its forerunner, the Oculus Rift S is wired and is connected to your PC via a USB 3.0 port and a DisplayPort connection. Zach, who reviewed the S, appreciated the comfy, glasses-compatible fit and improved resolution.

9.4Expert Score
Best Mid-Range: Oculus Rift S
PROS
  • Very comfortable
  • Excellent value
  • Massive library
CONS
  • Cameras add a little bulk

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