Oculus Rift S Review – A Good Choice for VR Newcomers, a Difficult Choice for VR Vets


With the Rift S launching simply two and a half months in the past, on Steam the headset has already practically surpassed all Home windows VR headsets in use on the platform. With the unique Rift and Rift S, Oculus headsets now make up half of the headsets used on Steam.

Every month Valve collects knowledge from Steam customers to find out some baseline statistics about what sort of hardware and software program is utilized by the platform’s inhabitants, and to see how issues are altering over time; that features which VR headsets are linked to customers’ computer systems. Participation within the knowledge assortment is optionally available, and headsets aren’t counted in the event that they aren’t powered on and acknowledged by the person’s PC in the intervening time the information is collected.

Oculus Rift S & Rift Now Account for Half of VR Headsets Used on Steam 6Chart courtesy Valve

The most recent knowledge from the survey exhibits the Oculus Rift S coming sturdy out of the gate in its second month with an eight.40% share of headsets linked within the final month—deftly leaping over the significantly costlier Vive Professional’s 2.19% share (+zero.53%)—and practically trouncing all Home windows VR headsets which maintain 9.39% (–1.74%).

The Rift S seems to have taken a roughly equal chew of headset share on Steam from each the unique Rift at 40.9% (–three.22%) and the HTC Vive (–three.68%).

Mixed, the unique Rift and Rift S made up 49.three% (+three.73%) of headsets on Steam within the final month—a report excessive for Oculus—whereas the Vive and Vive Professional mixed now maintain 39.27% (–three.15%).

The Valve Index can be now seen within the knowledge for the primary time, holding a 1.46% share of linked headsets. Granted, Valve continues to be ramping up its manufacturing for the headset, and solely managed to deal with the Index backorder within the US as of late final month. The Rift S additionally solely snagged 1.45% in its first month after launch, so subsequent month’s knowledge ought to give us a clearer image of how shortly Valve is ready to get Index out the door because it ramps up manufacturing.