Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest – What’s the Difference?


Oculus has introduced Rift S, the headset’s fabled refresh that brings with it a modest spec bump and some different adjustments to the unique Rift that the corporate hopes will enchantment to new entrants in PC VR gaming. With the standalone headset Oculus Quest and Rift S each promoting for a similar $400 price ticket and coming in some unspecified time in the future this Spring, you would possibly wish to know what units the 2 aside.

You’ll discover the specs beneath, however for those who haven’t actually considered both of the headset earlier than, you could wish to learn the following few paragraphs earlier than skipping on to match arduous numbers like display screen resolutions and refresh charges.

To PC, or To not PC?

Identical to its 2016-era namesake, you’ll want a succesful gaming PC to run Rift S. Though the headset includes a modest bump in decision, its LCD show has been clocked to 80Hz in order that really helpful specs are primarily unchanged between the brand new Rift S and the previous Rift. Which means a rig with an Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 or larger will be capable to play most all the things you’ll be able to throw at it on Rift S. There’s slightly extra to it than that although, so right here’s a helpful information on easy methods to test in case your pc is prepared for VR first.

In contrast to the PC-dependent Rift S, Oculus Quest is extra like a console within the sense that you simply don’t want anything apart from the headset and equipped controllers—no pc required. This has a variety of advantages for those who don’t already personal a VR-capable PC, to not point out that Quest is well moveable.

Totally different App Library

As a result of Quest makes use of a cell processor that’s a lot much less highly effective than the PC-powered Rift S, the 2 headsets don’t share the identical sport library. Rift S is suitable with all the things within the authentic Rift catalog, however Quest has its personal separate app library (additionally separate from Oculus Go). Whereas some titles will likely be accessible on each Rift S and Quest (and might optionally assist cross-buy if builders want), don’t anticipate to play any previous Rift-compatible sport on Quest.

Shared Options

Due to Oculus ‘Perception’, a know-how that makes use of the headsets’ outward-facing cameras for room monitoring, customers gained’t want exterior sensors for both Rift S or Quest, each of which have full six levels of freedom (6DOF) head and controller monitoring.

That’s not all. The brand new Contact controllers are an identical between Rift S and Quest, one thing builders ought to like since they’ll goal a single controller scheme and produce a sport for Rift, Rift S and Quest.

Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest – What is the Distinction? 9Contact controllers, Picture courtesy Oculus

Aspect word: Each Rift S and Quest characteristic built-in open-ear audio. For noisier environments or simply higher auditory immersion, you need to in all probability use a pair of exterior headphones.

Most of the video games you’ll discover on Quest will make it to Rift too, as Oculus has pledged to not solely assist cross-platform launch of Quest content material to Rift, but in addition ‘cross-buy’ of mentioned content material, which means you should purchase a sport as soon as and be capable to play it on both your Rift (S) or Quest for those who occur to personal each. It’s true some builders will resolve to create Quest exclusives, or successfully disable cross-purchasing by pricing every model in another way, though it appears at very least Oculus software program companions and its first-party studio will likely be ensuring each Rift and Quest get a measure of equal content material transferring ahead.

That’s to not say Quest will be capable to play all Rift video games although; removed from it. Builders need to specifically port their PC VR sport to play good with Quest’s 72Hz show and modest Snapdragon 835 cell chipset. For comparability, that’s the identical chip you’ll discover within the Samsung Galaxy S8 line from 2017. Alternatively, the Rift S has the horsepower of an entire gaming PC behind it, and might obtain richer graphics and extra advanced video games due to it.

Oculus Rift S – Specs

Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest – What is the Distinction? 10Oculus Rift S, Picture courtesy OculusPricing: $400
Availability: Spring 2019
Weight: A little bit greater than Rift
Audio: Built-in open-ear, three.5mm audio jack for exterior audio
Show:
Decision: 1,280 × 1,440 per-eye (2,560 × 1,440 complete)
Sort: Single fast-switch LCD
Refresh Charge: 80Hz
Area of View: ‘Barely bigger than Rift’
IPD Adjustment: Software program solely

Monitoring:
Sort: ‘Perception’ inside-out (no exterior sensors) – 5 cameras
Capabilities: Helps 6 levels of freedom head and controller monitoring
Beneficial Environments: It ought to work in nearly any lit indoor atmosphere.
Beneficial Playspace: Oculus Rift S works along with your atmosphere, so you’ll be able to play standing or sitting, in areas large or small.

Tether:
Size: 5 meter
Connections: DisplayPort 1.2 & USB

Passthrough:
Passthrough+: Low latency stereo-correct passthrough video
Guardian: Boundaries traced from inside headset utilizing passthrough

Beneficial PC Specs: Similar as Rift besides want DisplayPort 1.2 or later and only one USB three.zero port as a substitute of three

Oculus Quest – Specs

Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest – What is the Distinction? 11Oculus Quest, Picture courtesy OculusPricing: $400
Availability: Spring 2019
Weight: ~100g greater than Rift (470g)
Audio: Built-in open-ear, two three.5mm audio jacks for exterior audio
Show:
Decision: 1,440 × 1,600 per-eye (2,880 × 1,600 complete)
Sort: Twin OLED
Refresh Charge: 72Hz
Area of View: ~100 levels (unconfirmed hypothesis)
IPD Adjustment:  adjustable

Monitoring:
Sort: ‘Perception’ inside-out (no exterior sensors) – 4 cameras
Capabilities: Helps 6 levels of freedom head and controller monitoring
Beneficial Environments: It ought to work in nearly any lit indoor atmosphere.
Beneficial Playspace: Oculus Quest works along with your atmosphere, so you’ll be able to play standing or sitting, in areas large or small.

Compute:
No tether: On-board Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and energetic cooling
Battery: 2–2.5 hours battery life

Passthrough: