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OCULUS Rift S VR Gaming Headset £349 Currys
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Posted 25th Nov 2019

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Been looking at these for a while now. Currys, Game and Amazon have dropped the price by £50. Will it go lower on Friday not sure but this seemed good to me.
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Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is available for the Quest.
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Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is available for the Quest.
Azwipe25/11/2019 08:56

Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is …Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is available for the Quest.


Yep, just ordered a Quest yesterday. Oculus really cannabilized the S with Link
Great price and awesome hardware. Although second time around I’d give HTC a serious look.
Price match on Amazon
And also £331.55 on eBay with PICKME5, which I should have posted because I just bought it but oh well.
I personally debated between this and the Quest, for the £70 difference I think I'm happy going with the Rift S but I'm planning to sit on it until the end of the returns period anyway.
WalkableBuffalo25/11/2019 09:07

Price match on AmazonAnd also £331.55 on eBay with PICKME5, which I should …Price match on AmazonAnd also £331.55 on eBay with PICKME5, which I should have posted because I just bought it but oh well.I personally debated between this and the Quest, for the £70 difference I think I'm happy going with the Rift S but I'm planning to sit on it until the end of the returns period anyway.


I have the Quest and the Rift S both are great pieces of kit. People tend to forget to mention tho when talking about the Quest Link is the Oculus cable for it costs £79 which I assume will be for the best experience. Also the Oculus Rift S has better tracking and is far more comfortable.
Azwipe25/11/2019 08:56

Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is …Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is available for the Quest.


Why ? The Rift S is far more comfortable.

There are advantages for both.
So i am looking for my son and am in two minds what to get. Everything I read says quest but the rift s is more comfortable. Surely comfort and gameplay will be better on the rift?
Argos have the same deal
Out of stock
Will the new VR half life work on this?
The Rift S is definitely comfortable for VR. Sent mine back the day they announced the Link tho..... and then bought an AMD RX5700 which aren’t supported yet. Soon-ish apparently.
The reviewers on the net say that there are many good cheap cables available, although not many at 5m long.
I’m still waiting ... I’m tempted to buy the S again due to comfort.
WalkableBuffalo25/11/2019 09:07

Price match on AmazonAnd also £331.55 on eBay with PICKME5, which I should …Price match on AmazonAnd also £331.55 on eBay with PICKME5, which I should have posted because I just bought it but oh well.I personally debated between this and the Quest, for the £70 difference I think I'm happy going with the Rift S but I'm planning to sit on it until the end of the returns period anyway.


I've ordered from Amazon but now my son is saying about the quest what's the return dead line please?
lillyml25/11/2019 21:42

I've ordered from Amazon but now my son is saying about the quest …I've ordered from Amazon but now my son is saying about the quest what's the return dead line please?


Your son should be more grateful (I've got all this to come) - good luck :-)
I have this on my basket on amazon is it likely to drop further please or go out of stock ? I have got the grips and ceiling pully thing he wanted also
Dragonyeuw25/11/2019 09:06

Yep, just ordered a Quest yesterday. Oculus really cannabilized the S with …Yep, just ordered a Quest yesterday. Oculus really cannabilized the S with Link


So you just need a usb 3.0 cable and high end PC? That's it?
marc262926/11/2019 13:57

So you just need a usb 3.0 cable and high end PC? That's it?


I would google ' quest link cables' or something like that to see what (cheaper) third party options work, but basically yes. The quest will basically be recognized as a rift on a VR capable PC thereby giving you access to the complete rift Library as well as steamVR. Theres lots of user feedback on reddit if you wanted to a do a bit more research.
Check youtube for a video by "virtual Reality Oasis" (I'm at work so no direct link) he reviews the cable link and also discusses alternatives
Azwipe25/11/2019 08:56

Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is …Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is available for the Quest.


Quest + Link will cost you a full £120 more than this

Rift S is better for dekstop gaming, every reviewer who has spent time with both agrees. The cable causes compression and slight latency over the Oculus Rift S cable.

Screen is slightly better on the Rift S.

If you're a desktop only gamer I'd say rift S is still a good budget choice as you'll save nicely.
What is the difference between this and the quest in plain English not tech language thank you please. There's so many vr now it's mind boggling!! I heard the quest is more for mobile phone type vr, is this true. Help!
Anyone know for any deals on the quest? A 5-10 percent off ebay voucher would be great right now.
Dragonyeuw25/11/2019 09:06

Yep, just ordered a Quest yesterday. Oculus really cannabilized the S with …Yep, just ordered a Quest yesterday. Oculus really cannabilized the S with Link


Glad they did
Wanttobuyvrbutconfused28/11/2019 14:14

What is the difference between this and the quest in plain English not …What is the difference between this and the quest in plain English not tech language thank you please. There's so many vr now it's mind boggling!! I heard the quest is more for mobile phone type vr, is this true. Help!


Quest can do both now, not much point owning the S any more.
slannmage28/11/2019 14:30

Quest can do both now, not much point owning the S any more.


Can you fill me in how it can do both? Like how do I get a quest running on a PC to play all occulus games and steam games, thanks
zeb.mattey28/11/2019 14:08

Quest + Link will cost you a full £120 more than thisRift S is better for …Quest + Link will cost you a full £120 more than thisRift S is better for dekstop gaming, every reviewer who has spent time with both agrees. The cable causes compression and slight latency over the Oculus Rift S cable.Screen is slightly better on the Rift S.If you're a desktop only gamer I'd say rift S is still a good budget choice as you'll save nicely.


Resolution is actually better on Quest but refresh is better on Rift. It's swings and roundabouts.

Remember that Quest Link is still in Beta and was only released last week. An Amazonbasics 3m 3.1 cable costs £10 at best and works just as well, the Oculus cable can be bought later when it comes out and will be fibre optic so will remove latency.

So while there are some reasons to get a Rift S, they're not going to be around for long bar the refresh rate and the fact that it's slightly lighter so a little more comfortable.

But for now it really comes down to how long you'll be sitting playing PC games (the Rift will be better for sessions longer than 3 hours) and whether you also want to play more games without any cables as well, which only the Quest can do and it's quite impressive what it can do without a PC.
I'd love to get this, never want to pick up a used vr set incase of pink eye
Wanttobuyvrbutconfused28/11/2019 14:14

What is the difference between this and the quest in plain English not …What is the difference between this and the quest in plain English not tech language thank you please. There's so many vr now it's mind boggling!! I heard the quest is more for mobile phone type vr, is this true. Help!


The Rift S software runs on your PC so you have multiple cables plugged in between the headset and the PC.

The Quest is self contained and runs the software and games in your headset - you don't need to plug it into your PC. The graphics and processing power aren't as good as the Rift S, though they are still impressive. You don't have any cables running from the headset so it feels more 'free' though it is heavier.

Significantly Oculus have recently released software called Oculus link which allows you to use the Quest as if it were the Rift S, so you plug in a single cable and the PC runs the software.

Significantly (to me at least) the Rift S like most mid to high end VR set ups requires you to set up a couple of sensor boxes around the room and they constantly need charging.


This guy has a channel on VR systems and has done the Quest vrs Rift S in depth in multiple vids :

youtube.com/wat…pdM


edit to add : The link software is in beta. It requires a high end USB 3.0 cable and a lot of cables won't work with it. Oculus before the end of the year will be releasing the 'proper' cable which is longer (5m) and will be expensive ($80+) but it is fibre.

support.oculus.com/444…35/
Edited by: "john.jacksonFou" 28th Nov 2019
Wanttobuyvrbutconfused28/11/2019 14:33

Can you fill me in how it can do both? Like how do I get a quest running …Can you fill me in how it can do both? Like how do I get a quest running on a PC to play all occulus games and steam games, thanks


It's pretty easy. Get a High Speed USB 3,1 to USB C (or USB C to USB C if your PC or laptop has it) cable. Download the software from the Oculus Rift page (it's generic). Plug in and watch the setup screen to confirm it's linked up and connected. Now your PC will recognise the Quest as a Rift.
Edited by: "pb-live" 28th Nov 2019
john.jacksonFou28/11/2019 14:59

The Rift S software runs on your PC so you have multiple cables plugged in …The Rift S software runs on your PC so you have multiple cables plugged in between the headset and the PC. The Quest is self contained and runs the software and games in your headset - you don't need to plug it into your PC. The graphics and processing power aren't as good as the Rift S, though they are still impressive. You don't have any cables running from the headset so it feels more 'free' though it is heavier.Significantly Oculus have recently released software called Oculus link which allows you to use the Quest as if it were the Rift S, so you plug in a single cable and the PC runs the software.Significantly (to me at least) the Rift S like most mid to high end VR set ups requires you to set up a couple of sensor boxes around the room and they constantly need charging.This guy has a channel on VR systems and has done the Quest vrs Rift S in depth in multiple vids :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x-p608YpdMedit to add : The link software is in beta. It requires a high end USB 3.0 cable and a lot of cables won't work with it. Oculus before the end of the year will be releasing the 'proper' cable which is longer (5m) and will be expensive ($80+) but it is fibre.https://support.oculus.com/444256562873335/


Thanks for a very detailed and easy to read explanation So if i'm reading you correctly the quest can't play full oculus and steam games from the actual headset without the very expensive cable to pc which isn't released for a good while yet?
Also, note that the Rift S doesn't have a mechanical IPD adjustment (which the Quest does). It has digital adjustments, but will only work for 70%-80% of people palmerluckey.com/i-c…ou/. Too much risk for me, I went Quest instead!
Wanttobuyvrbutconfused28/11/2019 15:20

Thanks for a very detailed and easy to read explanation So if i'm reading …Thanks for a very detailed and easy to read explanation So if i'm reading you correctly the quest can't play full oculus and steam games from the actual headset without the very expensive cable to pc which isn't released for a good while yet?


The cable basically 'tricks' your PC into thinking your quest is just a regular rift so yes, if you want to use it as you would a rift S running off PC hardware the correct cable is required.
Dragonyeuw28/11/2019 15:54

The cable basically 'tricks' your PC into thinking your quest is just a …The cable basically 'tricks' your PC into thinking your quest is just a regular rift so yes, if you want to use it as you would a rift S running off PC hardware the correct cable is required.


Is it just me or is the quest a little underpowered and overpriced if it has to be hooked up to a PC anyway?
Azwipe25/11/2019 08:56

Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is …Only a crazy mad person would buy this at £350 now the Oculus link is available for the Quest.


Is it that good then just wondering.
Wanttobuyvrbutconfused28/11/2019 15:59

Is it just me or is the quest a little underpowered and overpriced if it …Is it just me or is the quest a little underpowered and overpriced if it has to be hooked up to a PC anyway?


It only needs to be tethered to a PC if you want it to act like a Rift locally running higher fidelity software. Whether or not one feels its overpriced is subjective, but the reality is it's the only wireless headset on the market doing what its currently doing. We're still in relative infancy as far as VR goes, at some point a wireless headset will come about as powerful as a Rift but we're probably a few years off from that. The Quest is running off mobile tech and you always have to consider things like battery life in the equation. I think the Link makes the Quest a better 'value' because it gives it a duality aspect unmatched elsewhere.
Edited by: "Dragonyeuw" 28th Nov 2019
john.jacksonFou28/11/2019 14:59

Significantly (to me at least) the Rift S like most mid to high end VR set …Significantly (to me at least) the Rift S like most mid to high end VR set ups requires you to set up a couple of sensor boxes around the room and they constantly need charging.


What sensor boxes? The original Rift used cameras connected via USB with zero charging needed and SteamVR headsets use lighthouses that plug in for power, zero charging.

The Rift S uses inside out tracking, the same as the Quest! Theres reasons not to buy the Rift but this really sint one of them.
Quest with link cable is a compromise, lag, video compression... Oculus themselves say it would be the same as a mobile VR experience. No thanks.
Glad I bought this if that's the case.
I was thinking of buying a oculus rift for my pc.
What one would you recommend guys?
Is this one better?
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