For a long time, the expectations and aspirations of many virtual reality fans will be summed up with two words: Oculus Rift. With the rise of cheap smartphone displays, Palmer Luckey Oculus co-founder took a technology which most people considered a retro interest and convinced them that it could change the world. The Oculus rift allows you skydive without a parachute. It helped artists to show the world through another person’s eyes. It put you in fictional settings which ranges from kaiju-fighting robots to Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment. Since the launch of Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in 2016, oculus touch motion controllers have been added to the Rift. The Oculus Rift remains functional and immersive if you have a computer which can handle it. The Oculus Rift looks more appealing with the addition of Oculus Touch controllers. Watch the space below for Oculus Rift Review & Ratings.

Oculus Rift Review & Ratings: Design

Oculus Rift headset is a plain black rectangular visor with the rounded edges and little visual flair. The front panel of the completely flat with the Oculus logo. The sides of the visor are also flat, and it connects to arms. It also attached to the three strap harness for holding the device on your head. The strap extends from each arm around the sides of your head, and the third strap extends from the top of the visor over the top of your head and forms a padded triangle in the back.  The straps are held in place with the hook and loop fasteners, and you can adjust those buttons with ease. The headset is fairly light and comfortable, and you can wear glasses with the rift. While hearing the headset, it will affect the ability to wear the headset for long periods of time. The headset connects to your computer directly via the length cable which splits off near the end into HDMI and USB 3.0 connectors. The Oculus Rift uses a single external sensor, and it can be tilt up and down. The second identical sensor tracks the Oculus Touch controllers, and both will work in tandem to improve the tracking for all of the devices and covers a larger area. Once you are up and running, a 2,160*1,200 OLED panel is used to create a 1,080*1,200 picture for each eye, separated by the lenses in the headset. The lenses can be adjusted with the help of the small lever on the right underside of the visor.

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift Review & Ratings: Controls

Initially, the Oculus Touch motion controllers launched as an optional addition, but later it has added to the rift package. The Oculus remote is a small and rounded bar with the large, circular navigation pad, up/down buttons and back, menu options. The remote will provide the lanyard to keep it attached to your wrist while you are using the rift. The package also comes with Xbox One wireless controller and Microsoft Xbox Wireless adapter for windows which will be handy for the VR games which use the conventional and non-motion bases control schemes. The Oculus touch offers the comfortable, natural-feeling control scheme with the responsive physical components like face buttons and analogue sticks in addition to the motion tracking.

Oculus Rift Review & Ratings: Setup

For Oculus Rift, you need to download Oculus setup software on your Pc. Then you have to plug the headset and sensors into your PC with the help of HDMI ports and USB 3.0 ports. Then sync the remote by pulling out the battery tab and pressing a button. Lastly, plug the Xbox One receiver into the 2.0 port and pair the gamepad with it.

Then you can play any software which is available on the Oculus Store. You can change the setting for Oculus software to load apps from unidentified sources for the headset to work with SteamVR. The Oculus Touch will help you to play all SteamVR games which supports the motion control with the Rift. You can use the motion controls while sitting, standing or within an area defined by the two sensors includes the touch and rift. The Rift’s head tracking, along with Touch controller tracking, work very well inside the space the sensors allow.

Oculus Rift Review & Ratings: Performance

The Oculus Rift offers the crisp picture with head tracking and smooth motion. While testing the rift, the 3D effect of the stereoscopic images gave us the sense that the virtual objects that we are staring at were actually in front of us. Our review of the Oculus Touch goes into detail of what Oculus Rift games that support Touch are like, but to summarise the experience, the optional Touch controllers offer things like spray-painting walls, aiming guns, and using telekinetic powers feel very real.

Oculus Rift Review & Ratings: Specifications

Display OLED
Resolution 2160*1200
Refresh Rate 90Hz
Field of View 110°
Tracking Area 5ft x 11ft
Built-In Audio Output Yes
Built-In Audio Input Yes
Store Platform Oculus Home
Connections HDMI, USB 2.0 & USB 3.0
Sensors Camera
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Constellation tracking
Controller Options
  • Oculus Touch
  • XBox One Controller
Requirements
  • Graphics Card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
  • Processor – AMD FX4350 / Intel Core i3-6100
  • Memory – 8GB+ RAM
  • Video Output – Compatible HDMI 1.3
  • Required Free Ports – 2x USB 3.0
  • Minimum OS Compatibility – Windows 7 SP1

Oculus Rift Review & Ratings: Verdict

The Oculus Rift produces an immersive, crisp virtual reality experience which continues to improve with the improvement of new software, which has been steadily launching on both the Oculus store and SteamVR.