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Posted 25th Nov 2019

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Oculus Rift S designed in collaboration with Lenovo puts you at the centre of virtual reality’s most pulse-pounding, PC-powered gameplay. See the action unfold around you through our sharpest lenses and next-generation optics. Lose yourself in the experience with a comfortable, improved design that lets you start playing faster and keep playing longer. Oculus Insight tracking gives you the power to move throughout your play space in any direction. No external sensors. No complicated setup. Just hands-on action and interaction with our updated Oculus Touch controllers out of the box. Step into the game and the future of PC VR.

Top VR Gaming Library
Blast, slash and soar your way through the top library in VR gaming. Oculus Rift S lets you play hundreds of games and exclusives already available in the Oculus Store, with so much more to come.

Improved Optics
Stare down the competition with next-generation lenses and a sharper display. Improved optics deliver bright, vivid colours and a reduced “screen-door” effect.

Ergonomic Design
Keep your head in the game thanks to a halo headband redesigned with speed in mind. Rift S stays securely and comfortably in place with a quick twist of the fit wheel so that it can take, or double-take, your fastest reactions.

Oculus Touch Controllers
Arm yourself with our updated Oculus Touch controllers. Your slashes, throws and grabs appear in VR with intuitive, realistic precision, transporting your hands and gestures right into the game.

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I would wait a bit on reviews for the cable link before getting this.

I have it and it's ok. I wish I waited
fzurro25/11/2019 08:50

I would wait a bit on reviews for the cable link before getting this.I …I would wait a bit on reviews for the cable link before getting this.I have it and it's ok. I wish I waited


I don’t understand. Should I not buy this?
bz3bees25/11/2019 08:53

I don’t understand. Should I not buy this?


No. If you after VR equipment the only option you should really look at is an Oculus Quest and a £10 USB-C to USB3 cable. This will give you a portable VR system (wire free) and with that single £10 cable, a PC ready headset that is almost as good as the rift-s
Edited by: "hitman2411" 25th Nov 2019
bz3bees25/11/2019 08:53

I don’t understand. Should I not buy this?


Oculus has also released the quest glasses (no pc).

The thing is that they now have released a cable to connect to pc (on beta).

They maybe not as Good as the rift s (some people say yes some no) but in the end you can have them for both tethered to a computer and no computer for lighter games and no cable.

I would wait to see as this is just a 50 pound discount
I’d wait as there will be and updated rift soon. The tethering is ok but a little cumbersome. Good system overall but headset a bit spectacles unfriendly. Crazy they removed interchangeable lenses from DK2. Also check HTC as I would be tempted down that path if I bought again today.
Not sure what's with these comments. If you're on the fence, now is a good time to get this. Great VR headset at the £400 price point compared to others on the market. And £50 off at Amazon is nothing to sniff at. Voted Hot.
fzurro25/11/2019 08:50

I would wait a bit on reviews for the cable link before getting this.I …I would wait a bit on reviews for the cable link before getting this.I have it and it's ok. I wish I waited


I thought the quest was the one with the cable yet to be released.
Minstadave25/11/2019 12:52

I thought the quest was the one with the cable yet to be released.


Beta is out. Won't be long till is there. I would wait but up to you to decide of course
hitman241125/11/2019 08:58

No. If you after VR equipment the only option you should really look at is …No. If you after VR equipment the only option you should really look at is an Oculus Quest and a £10 USB-C to USB3 cable. This will give you a portable VR system (wire free) and a with that single £10 cable a PC ready headset that is almost as good as the rift-s


Almost as good? What are you compromising on if you do this?
gingertips25/11/2019 12:59

Almost as good? What are you compromising on if you do this?


Sorry was trying to be generous for the Rift-S, Quest much better all round for me considering it portability option. The Quest has higher resolution OLED displays (1,440 by 1,600 pixels per eye) than the Rift S LCD (1,280 by 1,440 pixels per eye). The Rift S does have the advantage of a slightly faster 80Hz refresh rate, but the Quest isn't much slower at 72Hz. You'll get deeper black levels and better overall contrast on the Quest. Quest also getting hand tracking in q1 of 2020.
gingertips25/11/2019 12:59

Almost as good? What are you compromising on if you do this?


Check the specs of each side by side. Decide after that which is better for ones needs. Too much bias in here me thinks
The Quest has adjustable an IPD setting. The Rift S doesn't, which is a deal breaker for some. IPD (interpupillary distance) essentially accounts for how far apart your eyeballs are, in relation to the lenses/screens. The adjustment can make the difference between a great, and a horrible VR experience.


Rift S can be amended in the software, but by all accounts it doesn't really do a great deal. Quest is a physical mechanism.
I was gonna buy this, but then HL:A was announced, so I'll get Index instead.
slannmage25/11/2019 17:13

I was gonna buy this, but then HL:A was announced, so I'll get Index …I was gonna buy this, but then HL:A was announced, so I'll get Index instead.



At £920 the Index was out of my price range.
In addition to what's been said so far, Rift S is a lot more comfortable. Quest can become unbearable especially during longer sessions due to the weight distribution being at the front. To counter this, some have put additional weight at the back, while others have replaced the whole strap mechanism with Vive's deluxe audio strap (extra £100 ish).
ice2kewl25/11/2019 17:50

In addition to what's been said so far, Rift S is a lot more comfortable. …In addition to what's been said so far, Rift S is a lot more comfortable. Quest can become unbearable especially during longer sessions due to the weight distribution being at the front. To counter this, some have put additional weight at the back, while others have replaced the whole strap mechanism with Vive's deluxe audio strap (extra £100 ish).



I've adapted my Quest with a couple of straps that I had laying about the house and it's now perfectly comfortable.

I think a lot of it comes from wearing it too tight and then after having it a while you realise that you don't need to do that.
gingertips25/11/2019 12:59

Almost as good? What are you compromising on if you do this?


While Quest has higher resolution displays technically, if you use a Link cable(so hooked up to a PC), you get a somewhat compressed image that's apparently not quite as sharp as the image would be native on the Rift S.

Rift S is also lighter and to many, more comfortable.
Seanspeed25/11/2019 18:51

While Quest has higher resolution displays technically, if you use a Link …While Quest has higher resolution displays technically, if you use a Link cable(so hooked up to a PC), you get a somewhat compressed image that's apparently not quite as sharp as the image would be native on the Rift S. Rift S is also lighter and to many, more comfortable.



Whilst all of this is true to a degree you can't play wirelessly on the Rift S which has been the main plus for me since getting one after having has a PSVR for over a year.

Also Quest is getting hand tracking.

Quest seems to be getting pretty much all the attention from the Oculus devs at this point in time and that may well be the case for the foreseeable future.

If you're a graphical clarity junkie that absolutely must have the very best graphics and nothing else matters then you may want to consider the Index. If you are on a budget then you may want to consider the Rift S.

I went with the Quest as it is an approximation of the best of both worlds and I've found that not being tethered is an absolute delight.
jonboyuk25/11/2019 16:33

The Quest has adjustable an IPD setting. The Rift S doesn't, which is a …The Quest has adjustable an IPD setting. The Rift S doesn't, which is a deal breaker for some. IPD (interpupillary distance) essentially accounts for how far apart your eyeballs are, in relation to the lenses/screens. The adjustment can make the difference between a great, and a horrible VR experience.Rift S can be amended in the software, but by all accounts it doesn't really do a great deal. Quest is a physical mechanism.


Isn’t there a software solution for this built into the settings?
So you think this will drop any more in price please
AmFearLiathMòr25/11/2019 19:28

Whilst all of this is true to a degree you can't play wirelessly on the …Whilst all of this is true to a degree you can't play wirelessly on the Rift S which has been the main plus for me since getting one after having has a PSVR for over a year.Also Quest is getting hand tracking.Quest seems to be getting pretty much all the attention from the Oculus devs at this point in time and that may well be the case for the foreseeable future.If you're a graphical clarity junkie that absolutely must have the very best graphics and nothing else matters then you may want to consider the Index. If you are on a budget then you may want to consider the Rift S.I went with the Quest as it is an approximation of the best of both worlds and I've found that not being tethered is an absolute delight.


I wasn't recommending the Rift S over the Quest, just answering the question about what advantages the Rift S still has.

The Quest is definitely a hard option to beat.
Edited by: "Seanspeed" 26th Nov 2019
hmc26/11/2019 12:40

So you think this will drop any more in price please


Before Christmas, unlikely I'd say. Unless you get an amazon warehouse deal, or an ebay offer + code + open box product.
jonboyuk25/11/2019 20:03

I said Rift S can be amended in the software! But yea, it doesn't do a …I said Rift S can be amended in the software! But yea, it doesn't do a great deal! https://palmerluckey.com/i-cant-use-rift-s-and-neither-can-you


If you read the article you'll notice that the software works perfectly for the majority. If you're in the minority, then yeah, it's a problem, and this should be taken into account. But you can easily measure your interpupillary distance yourself beforehand to confirm this.

EDIT: Palmer Lucky was fired from Facebook btw ... something to think about also when reading the article
Edited by: "aiden.manley" 26th Nov 2019
aiden.manley26/11/2019 15:31

If you read the article you'll notice that the software works perfectly …If you read the article you'll notice that the software works perfectly for the majority. If you're in the minority, then yeah, it's a problem, and this should be taken into account. But you can easily measure your interpupillary distance yourself beforehand to confirm this.EDIT: Palmer Lucky was fired from Facebook btw ... something to think about also when reading the article


Indeed. But then there's not a great deal of reason to opt for the S over the Quest since the introduction of Oculus Link (other than a few additional Hz per eye)!
aiden.manley26/11/2019 15:27

Before Christmas, unlikely I'd say. Unless you get an amazon warehouse …Before Christmas, unlikely I'd say. Unless you get an amazon warehouse deal, or an ebay offer + code + open box product.


Thanks may as well buy now then
hitman241125/11/2019 13:04

Sorry was trying to be generous for the Rift-S, Quest much better all …Sorry was trying to be generous for the Rift-S, Quest much better all round for me considering it portability option. The Quest has higher resolution OLED displays (1,440 by 1,600 pixels per eye) than the Rift S LCD (1,280 by 1,440 pixels per eye). The Rift S does have the advantage of a slightly faster 80Hz refresh rate, but the Quest isn't much slower at 72Hz. You'll get deeper black levels and better overall contrast on the Quest. Quest also getting hand tracking in q1 of 2020.


Yeah I read that article too engadget.com/201…st/ but they didn't mention the sub-pixel arrangement and while specs are handy they really are only part of the story.

Be it compression or worse screen I had to send my quest back as the text was barely more readable than my CV1 and while that was fine for 2 years the jump on the Rift S is very very noticeable with only a slight resolution bump and on paper should have been worse than the Quest, but it wasn't.

Get the Quest if you want portable, if you have to have the blackest of blacks or you are in minority with IPD. Otherwise the subjectively comfier and clearer Rift S if you have the PC already, for this price anyway, will be absolutely fine.
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