Updated 14 Feb 2017


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
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Test results

Overall score
User comfort
Ease of use

Good points

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


  • 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


Avg price
Shipping cost


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


Hardware grade
Hardware required
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


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