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An Oculus Rift Review – For 2019

Oculus Rift​ With Motion Controllers
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Virtual reality is a bit new to the gaming world, and VR has a lot of potential for gamers and other multimedia uses.

If you’re looking to switch up your gaming experience into a better one, then the Oculus Rift VR headset is one of the best gaming VR in the current market.

With the Oculus Rift, it’ll feel like you’re really in the gaming world. You’ll be in virtual environments to where you can fly, go underwater, jump through other dimensions and so much more.

You’ll be immersed in the gaming environment. The gaming industry is leaning towards virtual reality, and the future is headed for VR as well. Soon you’ll see a lot more of VR games out. Especially for console gaming. The new PlayStation 5 is said that they’ll be heavy on VR in the future.

With its outstanding features and aesthetic like design, you’ll have a great time gaming in this headset, and at the same time, you’ll have an excellent looking VR set to game with.

Let’s jump into what the Oculus Rift headset is all about.

Recommended Specs

In the following list, you’ll find the recommended specifications for the Oculus Rift to run on.

High-End Specs

  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1060 / AMD RX 480
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Video Output: HDMI 1.3 video output
  • OS: Windows 10

Minimum Specs

  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1050Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470
  • CPU: Intel i3 6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200 FX 4350
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Video Output: HDMI 1.3 video output
  • OS: Windows 10

Oculus Rift Review

Oculus Rift - Front View

The cool looking VR is loaded with excellent features. With its fully functioning buttons and accessories, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in your gaming world quickly.

From the design to its functioning hardware, they’re all on point and up to par with the latest technology in the market.

Also with its easy to use sensor controllers, you’ll also be able to navigate and utilize your way through the VR system efficiently. Whether if you like to go through the VR’s configurations, to selecting a movie or just picking your favorite games.

The overall VR system is superb, and if you do invest, you’ll surely be proud of owning an Oculus Rift.

The Design

The cooling looking VR headset is made up of black fabric. With its opaque look, you’ll have a sleek and excellent design for the whole system.

The hardware in the Oculus Rift is superb and is up to date. It easily surpasses the HTC Vive’s hardware. The design itself for the Oculus Rift feels secured, tightly fitted and durable.

You’ll be able to wear the VR headset for hours without you getting uncomfortable. Thanks to its lightweight design, you won’t feel the unwanted weight and the unwanted burden when wearing the Rift.

The VR headset also uses two straps located on the side of the VR and one middle strap, creating a triad of support which will support you better in terms of wearing the impressive equipment. The straps require little use of force and should be convenient for you to adjust.

Most users report that the Oculus Rift is a lot more comfortable to wear compared to the HTC Vive.

The Visuals

Oculus Rift - Inside View

The Oculus Rift will provide you a full 180-degree view of your visuals and will have you immerse yourself into your gaming and visual environment. Paire your Oculus Rift up with a high performing graphics card, then you’re all set.

The Rift has a max resolution of 2160×1200 pixel. The clarity on the visuals looks crisp and clear.

The system will give you a sense of depth and realism. But the only downside to the VR system is that you won’t be able to play games in a 1440p or 4K display. The dark scenes in the darkest darks have a little bit of graininess in really dark environments. But shouldn’t be a problem when gaming and immersing yourself into different cool environments.

With its impressive stereoscopic 3D feature, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in your gaming environment and have an excellent time with your media.

The Sounds

The internal headphones are fantastic and should give you a comfortable feel to them whenever you’re wearing the VR headset to game with.

You’ll have a balance of comfortability and pleasant sounds. However, it won’t be as effective compared to wearing high performing headphones, because you’ll be able to capture sounds and hear efficiently than the integrated speakers that the Oculus Rift provides to you.

Having an extra headphone or a pair of high performing BlueTooth headphones can provide that solution for you.

Setting Up The VR

Oculus Rift - Set Up

With the Oculus Rift, it’s a secure set up once you’ve gotten it out of the box. With its easy and convenient guide, you’ll have a quick set up within minutes.

You’ll have a card once you’ve open the box, and that card will direct you to the guidance and set up an installation menu. It’ll automatically redirect you to the Oculus website, and that’s where you’ll be able to download the needed files to install the VR properly.

It’ll take you at least 10 to 15 minutes to set up entirely.

Menu And Navigation

Once you’re in the menu, it’ll be easy for you to navigate because the VR will act as a directional move for you. So if you tilt your head or move your gaze in either direction, the cursor will also move according to the direction of your gaze, which is incredible. So the head tilting acts like a mouse.

Combine the VR head movement and the touch controller; you’ll be able to have an easier time navigating your way through the menus.

The Oculus Home is a lot easier to navigate and work with compared to the Steam VR platform. However Steam VR does have an extensive list of a library of games to choose from, but it’s a lot harder to navigate with.

In comparison to the Oculus Home, the functions and navigations are a lot smoother; however, you’ll have less library of games to select. But the Oculus Home is expanding and has introduced new features into its platform such as friends list, a store set up, and also a web browser, making the Oculus Home more robust.

Conclusion

The Oculus Rift had come a long way when the company started a Kickstarter fund to raise millions worth of dollars into building a state of the art virtual reality machine.

With its superb design and up to date hardware, the Oculus Rift does indeed provide you with fantastic, new experiences which you can enjoy for hours upon hours. If you’re also a console gamer and are anticipating the PS5’s VR, try the Oculus Rift first and getting a feel and test it out.

If you do decide to immerse yourself with VR, then the Oculus Rift would be a wise choice, because you’ll have the best of both worlds, affordability and impressive design.

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