Oculus Rift VR Headset £349.99 at  Oculus
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Oculus Rift VR Headset £349.99 at Oculus

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Edited by:"ned_ryerson"Found 23rd Nov
Just in time for your holiday shopping, we’re excited to announce that Rift is just £349 for a limited time. Now you can gift the magic of VR and let your friends and family explore infinite places, enjoy the most immersive gaming content, and unlock new possibilities—while supplies last!

Deals are available through Amazon, Dixons, Currys PC World, MediaMarkt, and Overclockers UK in Europe. Promotions may vary, so check with your local retailer for details (these deals do not appear to be live yet, only on oculus.com)

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For anyone on the fence with this or Windows Mixed Reality just buy this. I ordered the HP and sent it back before ordering the Rift. The Rift is in a different league quality wise, it's easy to set up with the 2 sensors as long as you have at least 2 usb3 ports.
Although it has lower resolution the quality of the oled panels makes for a far more enjoyable and immersive experience. At this price it's a no brainer.

Great price for this. Some truly amazing experiences available in VR (Elite Dangerous for example) and I pretty much force everyone who comes to my house to try it.

Only provisos are that:
- You need a decent spec PC. GTX1060 or above ideally.
- This is still early adopter tech, in terms of hardware refinement. Once they up the resolution a notch and make the headset wireless I think it'll be pretty mainstream.

Not sure whether to buy this from Oculus directly or wait for Amazon to match the price later tonight. heard a lot of people say the support through Amazon is a lot better.

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HedleyP2 m ago

Not sure whether to buy this from Oculus directly or wait for Amazon to …Not sure whether to buy this from Oculus directly or wait for Amazon to match the price later tonight. heard a lot of people say the support through Amazon is a lot better.


You will definitely have a lot less trouble with Amazon support.

ned_ryerson4 m ago

You will definitely have a lot less trouble with Amazon support.


Thanks. That's what I have heard. Think I will wait and hope they drop their price later on. £50 is a lot to save but I've learnt in the past that the cheapest deal is not always the best. Think I will wait.

mtc134 m ago

For anyone on the fence with this or Windows Mixed Reality just buy this. …For anyone on the fence with this or Windows Mixed Reality just buy this. I ordered the HP and sent it back before ordering the Rift. The Rift is in a different league quality wise, it's easy to set up with the 2 sensors as long as you have at least 2 usb3 ports.Although it has lower resolution the quality of the oled panels makes for a far more enjoyable and immersive experience. At this price it's a no brainer.


Quality wise how so, from a strictly visual standpoint how do they compare?

Kinda on the fence with this because I only have a 970, upgraded everything else except that as it still runs games great

mtc143 m ago

For anyone on the fence with this or Windows Mixed Reality just buy this. …For anyone on the fence with this or Windows Mixed Reality just buy this. I ordered the HP and sent it back before ordering the Rift. The Rift is in a different league quality wise, it's easy to set up with the 2 sensors as long as you have at least 2 usb3 ports.Although it has lower resolution the quality of the oled panels makes for a far more enjoyable and immersive experience. At this price it's a no brainer.


You know they are completely different products right? You cant directly compare them in this way..

jextwah10 m ago

Quality wise how so, from a strictly visual standpoint how do they compare?


Better fov, higher pixel density, text easier to read or so every video I have watched says

mtc145 m ago

For anyone on the fence with this or Windows Mixed Reality just buy this. …For anyone on the fence with this or Windows Mixed Reality just buy this. I ordered the HP and sent it back before ordering the Rift. The Rift is in a different league quality wise, it's easy to set up with the 2 sensors as long as you have at least 2 usb3 ports.Although it has lower resolution the quality of the oled panels makes for a far more enjoyable and immersive experience. At this price it's a no brainer.


How can it be easier than plugging in two cables and that's it?

Been waiting for this to come down to £350 for the weekend. This is a steal at this price. I used one earlier on the year and was blown away. Amazing experience. My kids love it too! Worked flawlessly on my gtx1060, i5 (4.2ghz).
John Lewis here I come!

Got a vive and still get tempted with the rift.
Main reason being the controllers and free games.
I just know the new knuckle controllers are going to be about £100 quid each.

dunloy14 m ago

Kinda on the fence with this because I only have a 970, upgraded …Kinda on the fence with this because I only have a 970, upgraded everything else except that as it still runs games great


Have you tried the VR test on steam? Not sure if that's the name but there's definitely a benchmark that might help you decide

The fov I get, but I've read that the higher res is beneficial for text on WMR.
The

dunloy38 m ago

Kinda on the fence with this because I only have a 970, upgraded …Kinda on the fence with this because I only have a 970, upgraded everything else except that as it still runs games great


I have the HTC vive not oculus but my gtx 970 has run every game I've thrown at it absolutely fine so far.

Biting point. Hoping for amazon to price match.

I bought this yesterday from Currys at £399 and I was so annoyed to see it drop to £349 today...

Thankfully, they price match for up to 7 days after purchase with most major competitors and themselves, so as soon as it lands on Amazon or their own page for £399 I can get my £50 back with a quick phonecall. Phew!

Good price. Trying to decide on this vs. Rift...

cheesemane3 m ago

Good price. Trying to decide on this vs. Rift...


???

Is this all you need to buy or do you need to get some controllers or other things?

geebeegooner58 m ago

Got a vive and still get tempted with the rift.Main reason being the …Got a vive and still get tempted with the rift.Main reason being the controllers and free games.I just know the new knuckle controllers are going to be about £100 quid each.


surely you could sell the vive for about this price? free upgrade. If you have the space to setup the tracking properly I prefer everything on the rift

Still a tad expensive for aspiring VR paupers like me but this is the lowest price it has ever been

Hopefully like last round of reduction, the lower price will be permanent, which will help drive down the cost of VR for the masses
Edited by: "Aurelias" 23rd Nov

I got the psvr recently at £250 and they work great on pc but also on console. So you have the biggest vr library available with it and next to no screen door affect unlike this and the vive.. You get lower resolution sure but it also means lower power machines run it unlike this again. So many benefits to why you should seriously look at psvr for pc.

dunloy1 h, 12 m ago

Kinda on the fence with this because I only have a 970, upgraded …Kinda on the fence with this because I only have a 970, upgraded everything else except that as it still runs games great


Get psvr. Needs less power to push the pixels, cheaper, bigger library of games and works with ps4 too.

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vhero4 m ago

Get psvr. Needs less power to push the pixels, cheaper, bigger library of …Get psvr. Needs less power to push the pixels, cheaper, bigger library of games and works with ps4 too.



No way does it have a bigger library. With a Rift you can use the Oculus store library (100s of games and experiences) AND the entire Steam library of VR games (100s of those too).

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Zek16 m ago

Is this all you need to buy or do you need to get some controllers or …Is this all you need to buy or do you need to get some controllers or other things?


It comes with the Touch controllers, and is bundled with a few games and the 2 cameras.

If you want to track over a larger area and in 360 degrees you'll probably need to buy a 3rd camera, but that requires an extra USB port. 360 degree tracking is certainly possible with 2 cameras (placed high in opposite corners of the play space angled downwards) but 3 cameras makes for the ideal 360 experience. Many people have reported 2 camera 360 setups working perfectly well though.

ned_ryerson6 m ago

It comes with the Touch controllers, and is bundled with a few games and …It comes with the Touch controllers, and is bundled with a few games and the 2 cameras. If you want to track over a larger area and in 360 degrees you'll probably need to buy a 3rd camera, but that requires an extra USB port. 360 degree tracking is certainly possible with 2 cameras (placed high in opposite corners of the play space angled downwards) but 3 cameras makes for the ideal 360 experience. Many people have reported 2 camera 360 setups working perfectly well though.


I ran with 2 for ages then upgraded to a third. I have got a relatively small play area though, about 3 meters square
Two works perfectly well for most games, it's the odd one or two where a third is better (e.g. the Tower), but even then not required

powerbrick38 m ago

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Ha, I meant this vs Vive. Brain not engaged today.

cheesemane9 m ago

Ha, I meant this vs Vive. Brain not engaged today.


Rift
+more comfortable headset
+integrated good quality headpohones
+much better controllers
+much cheaper
+free exclusive very high quality games (robo recall)
Vive
+easier room tracking setup

cheesemane30 m ago

Ha, I meant this vs Vive. Brain not engaged today.


I spent hours over the past few days looking into the pros and cons for both, finally settling on the Rift for the following reasons:

At its standard price of £399 with the touch controllers, it's £200 cheaper than the standard price of the Vive.

The headset comes with headphones without paying any extra - though the Vive is bundling its audio strap in the Black Friday deal tomorrow, it's still £200 more expensive overall!

The Rift runs games via the Oculus store AND SteamVR, whereas the Vive is only compatible with SteamVR without third-party software which can slow you down.

The 'screen door effect' (SDE) is far worse on the Vive compared to the Rift, so less immersion breaking.

The Rift was designed for a front-on experience, meaning you have both sensors in front of you (meaning you can't turn around) however you can position the two cameras for 360 room scale gaming without an issue. You can also add a third sensor to improve the experience (though not strictly necessary) for around £50-60. Even with that expense considered, it's cheaper than the Vive.

The touch controllers are far better than the current Vive wands (though Vive are developing 'knuckle' controllers available mid to late 2018).

Even though upcoming games like Fallout 4 VR and L.A. Noire VR are slated to be Vive only, they run on OpenVR which means the Rift will be compatible. In the slim chance they try to block them via Steam, a workaround will be released almost immediately by a third-party.

The upcoming updates to the Rift OS look incredible, with you able to pretty much use your entire desktop in VR. Surf the web, watch videos etc.

The VR cinema experience on the Rift is, apparently, superior to that on the Vive.

The Vive DOES have perks, though. There are more third-party apps available, head tracking is marginally (and I do mean marginally) better, and room scale set up is supposedly simpler (depending on who you ask, mixed comments from both camps) but I simply could not find any real justification for the extra £200 expense.

If/when the deal goes live on Currys, you can also pay via PayPal Credit, giving yourself 4 months 0% interest to spread the cost.

I hope that helps a little!

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Kaje857 m ago

I spent hours over the past few days looking into the pros and cons for …I spent hours over the past few days looking into the pros and cons for both, finally settling on the Rift for the following reasons:At its standard price of £399 with the touch controllers, it's £200 cheaper than the standard price of the Vive. The headset comes with headphones without paying any extra - though the Vive is bundling its audio strap in the Black Friday deal tomorrow, it's still £200 more expensive overall!The Rift runs games via the Oculus store AND SteamVR, whereas the Vive is only compatible with SteamVR without third-party software which can slow you down.The 'screen door effect' (SDE) is far worse on the Vive compared to the Rift, so less immersion breaking. The Rift was designed for a front-on experience, meaning you have both sensors in front of you (meaning you can't turn around) however you can position the two cameras for 360 room scale gaming without an issue. You can also add a third sensor to improve the experience (though not strictly necessary) for around £50-60. Even with that expense considered, it's cheaper than the Vive. The touch controllers are far better than the current Vive wands (though Vive are developing 'knuckle' controllers available mid to late 2018). Even though upcoming games like Fallout 4 VR and L.A. Noire VR are slated to be Vive only, they run on OpenVR which means the Rift will be compatible. In the slim chance they try to block them via Steam, a workaround will be released almost immediately by a third-party. The upcoming updates to the Rift OS look incredible, with you able to pretty much use your entire desktop in VR. Surf the web, watch videos etc. The VR cinema experience on the Rift is, apparently, superior to that on the Vive. The Vive DOES have perks, though. There are more third-party apps available, head tracking is marginally (and I do mean marginally) better, and room scale set up is supposedly simpler (depending on who you ask, mixed comments from both camps) but I simply could not find any real justification for the extra £200 expense. If/when the deal goes live on Currys, you can also pay via PayPal Credit, giving yourself 4 months 0% interest to spread the cost.I hope that helps a little!



Excellent summary.

I would say the upcoming Rift Core 2.0 changes (what you call Rift OS) are a huge plus. The new dash where you can add a floating desktop window, allowing you to do things like watch Netflix while playing games in VR, is going to be amazing. There is some 3rd party software which allows this, but having it all built in directly with the Rift will give it a huge advantage.

You can read more about it here: oculus.com/blo…re/

It's coming early December

MrShed2 h, 32 m ago

You know they are completely different products right? You cant directly …You know they are completely different products right? You cant directly compare them in this way..


From a visual standpoint the rift looks much better, due to it's oled panels the colours are rich and the contrast is excellent, although the WMR has 50% higher resolution because it uses cheap LCD panels the colours look washed out in comparison and although the SDE is finer it's much more obvious. FOV is also too narrow on WMR.
MrShed2 h, 32 m ago

You know they are completely different products right? You cant directly …You know they are completely different products right? You cant directly compare them in this way..


Yes I've owned both, they are both VR headsets, of course you can compare.

No...the HP headset is NOT a VR headset. You can use it for VR but thats not its primary use.

MrShed17 m ago

No...the HP headset is NOT a VR headset. You can use it for VR but thats …No...the HP headset is NOT a VR headset. You can use it for VR but thats not its primary use.


What do you think is it's primary use? May explain why it's so poor compared to the Rift.
Edited by: "mtc1" 23rd Nov

mtc14 m ago

What do you think is it's primary use? May explain why it's so poor …What do you think is it's primary use? May explain why it's so poor compared to the Rift.


The clue is in the name. Its a "mixed reality" headset. As such its not designed for gaming or full immersion. Its designed for 50% computer generated and 50% real world imagery.

Fundamentally it has a different use case than the Rift etc. Its more akin to a Hololens than a Rift or Vive.

badasschris2 h, 1 m ago

surely you could sell the vive for about this price? free upgrade. If you …surely you could sell the vive for about this price? free upgrade. If you have the space to setup the tracking properly I prefer everything on the rift




I actually prefer the vive and would keep the Oculus as I wouldn't then bother with the knuckles for vive.
Vive works ok with Revive on oculus games but you can' beat proper support.

MrShed12 m ago

The clue is in the name. Its a "mixed reality" headset. As such its not …The clue is in the name. Its a "mixed reality" headset. As such its not designed for gaming or full immersion. Its designed for 50% computer generated and 50% real world imagery.Fundamentally it has a different use case than the Rift etc. Its more akin to a Hololens than a Rift or Vive.


Mixed Reality is Microsofts platform that includes Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

The current WMR headsets are pure VR , for AR you would need a visor like the hololens or front facing cameras.

MrShed37 m ago

No...the HP headset is NOT a VR headset. You can use it for VR but thats …No...the HP headset is NOT a VR headset. You can use it for VR but thats not its primary use.



MrShed15 m ago

The clue is in the name. Its a "mixed reality" headset. As such its not …The clue is in the name. Its a "mixed reality" headset. As such its not designed for gaming or full immersion. Its designed for 50% computer generated and 50% real world imagery.Fundamentally it has a different use case than the Rift etc. Its more akin to a Hololens than a Rift or Vive.


You are wrong. The HP headset is 100% a VR headset, just like the Rift/Vive. Microsoft have a MR (Mixed Reality) umbrella concept that covers both VR and AR (Augmented Reality). This HP headset is VR, which is a subset of Microsoft's MR and Hololens is an AR headset, also under the MR umbrella.

I think Microsoft have somewhat complicated matters with there MR umbrella, but it's not that difficult to understand.

We will have to agree to disagree on this I think. Having been to the MS event demonstrating the use cases of this kit, it most certainly isnt a pure VR headset...!! They dont even advertise the headset as being for the use case of VR gaming, its explicitly NOT ticked on the "features" comparison they release.
Edited by: "MrShed" 23rd Nov

PS - the MS "MR" umbrella isnt the same as a concept that covers VR and AR. That fundamentally misses the point.
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