Updated 14 Feb 2017

Oculus

Rift (HM-A)

Snapshot: The Oculus Rift is a high-end VR system that uses a variety of sensors to capture a large range of motion. But how does it perform?

Rift (HM-A)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$972

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Test results

Overall score
82
User comfort
?/10
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good user comfort
  • Very good performance
  • Good ease of use
  • HD resolution
  • Has external head and motion tracking

But

  • Only available from overseas sites
  • Requires a high-end PC

How we test

User comfort score (40%) - A judgement after a 10-minute session by our tester, which considers the following aspects of each headset: sizing and adjustments, padding, heat and fogginess, cable management and freedom of movement, and the comfort of any supplied controllers and navigation methods.

Performance (35%) - A judgement by our tester of the following elements: image detail, headset field of view, image focus, image blurring, tracking latency, and overall immersion.

Ease of use (25%) - The process of installing and getting each headset up and running; driver and firmware updates are taken into consideration, in addition to downloading and installing content, such as games and experiences; the control method for each headset is also assessed.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$972
Shipping cost
$192

Specifications

Weight (g)
534
Scope WxH (mm)
171 x 88
Display type
OLED
Resolution
1080 x 1200
Field of view (degrees)
110
Refresh rate
90
Level of involvement
Head and some whole body movement

Hardware

Hardware grade
High-end
Hardware required
PC
Recommended hardware specs
NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 video card, Intel Core i5-4590 CPU, 8GB RAM, HDMI 1.3 output, 3 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port, Windows 7 SPI 64-bit
Minimum hardware specs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 video card, Intel Core i3-6100 or AMD FX 4350 CPU, 8GB RAM, HDMI 1.3, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 port, Windows 8

Features

Head tracking
Motion tracking
Sensors in headset
Infrared
VR platform
Oculus, Steam VR
App store
Oculus, Steam VR
VR type
Standing or sitting
Best VR experience
VR gaming
Physical connection type
HDMI
Link box
Hand-held controller
Controller
Xbox controller (supplied)
Create own content
Yes, 360-degree photos and videos