The Oculus Rift S and Quest are nonetheless out of inventory, so within the US Fb is briefly promoting a “restricted provide” of refurbished unique Rifts for $299.
That’s $100 lower than the Rift S, which is priced at $399. The itemizing is just accessible within the USA.
The unique Oculus Rift launched in mid 2016 for $600. This didn’t embrace the Contact controllers, which launched in December of that yr for $200. In 2017, Fb unified right into a Rift+Contact bundle priced at $400- that’s what’s on provide right here.
Fb says any refurbished Rift might be freed from seen beauty imperfections, haven’t any scratches on the lenses, no dents, and any repairs used unique parts.
For those who’re not pleased with the headset, returns can be found for 30 days. If there’s a problem with it nonetheless, there’s a 6 month guarantee. That’s solely half the usual guarantee, and would truly be unlawful in nearly all different developed nations.
So how does the Rift “CV1” maintain up in 2020? We acquired certainly one of ours out of storage and performed a little bit Half-Life: Alyx with it.
What Holds Up Properly
The Rift CV1 is the one Oculus headset to this point designed to be excessive finish, somewhat than balanced with affordability. The headset has a premium really feel with a material exterior, and extra importantly it’s compact, mild, and comfy to put on.
In contrast to the Rift S, the lens separation is adjustable, permitting it to accommodate a variety of customers.
The built-in headphones on the Oculus Rift are quite a bit higher than they give the impression of being
Rift options nice built-in headphones. It was the primary client headset to do that, pushing VR audio forwards- and resulting in disappointment from many when Rift S and Quest had been introduced utilizing a primary strap audio system with poor high quality & low quantity.
What Merely Doesn’t
The principle downside with the Rift CV1 was at all times its monitoring system. It’s awkward to arrange, clunky, and sometimes incompatible with motherboards. For those who transfer your sensors in any respect you’ll have to redo setup. And except you go to the hassle of wall mounting them your controllers will monitor poorly when close to the ground.
These issues worsen the extra sensors you add. The Rift comes with two sensors within the field, however for prime quality “room scale” monitoring (immediately taken with no consideration) you’ll want to amass a 3rd.
Whereas OLED panels give the display screen nice distinction, the comparatively low decision is jarring in comparison with fashionable headsets. You’ll end up leaning in rather more typically to learn textual content, and distant objects might be onerous to determine.
The most important downside with the show system although is the “god rays” on the lenses. In excessive distinction scenes this may be extremely distracting.
Ought to You Purchase One?
$300 looks like a excessive worth for a headset launched 4 years in the past. On the finish of its life, the headset was provided for $350 model new. We’d have anticipated this to be priced extra across the $200 mark.
However it may possibly nonetheless play any VR sport the Rift S can. So should you simply can’t look ahead to different headsets to return again in inventory and also you’re conscious of the constraints, this could possibly be your path into PC VR.
In case your interpupillary distance is outdoors the really useful vary for the Rift S, it could even be a superior expertise for you.