Oculus Quest vs Oculus Rift S: Here are the Differences

The 2 newest VR headsets from business leaders Oculus have been launched, now it’s time to pit them in opposition to one another. The Oculus Quest is being lauded as the primary wi-fi VR gaming machine, in a position to present a tether free VR expertise that many have been eager for. The Oculus Rift S is an enchancment upon the unique Rift and brings new monitoring expertise and an improved display screen, albeit with the requirement for a gaming laptop computer.  VR has come a great distance prior to now few years and there are extra choices than ever so which of those headsets might be finest for you, or is there an alternative choice on the market? Lets discover out as we examine the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S.

Oculus Rift S vs Oculus Quest

Specs Desk

Oculus Rift S
Oculus Quest
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Subject of View
Max Decision
2560×1440 (1280×1440 per eye)
2,880 × 1,600 (1280×1440 per eye)
Quick Twitch LCD
Pixel Density

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
Max Refresh Charge
80 Hz
72 Hz
Built-in room-scale 6DoF inside-out Oculus Perception, 5-camera sensor inner monitoring
Built-in room-scale 6DoF inside-out Oculus Perception, 5-camera sensor inner monitoring
Built-in open-ear, three.5mm audio jack for exterior audio
Built-in open-ear, two three.5mm audio jacks for exterior audio
8GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1050Ti or AMD Radeon RX 470
None. Powered by Snapdragon 835 Processor
Test Worth on Amazon
Test Worth on Amazon

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It’s what you will be staring instantly into at a really shut distance, so that you need your VR headsets display screen to be sharp, crisp and excessive decision. The 2 headsets utilise completely different display screen applied sciences which each have their strengths and weaknesses and the jury is out as to which one is “higher”. The Oculus Quest contains a twin OLED display screen with a complete decision  2,880 × 1,600 (1280×1440 per eye), that is among the many highest decision screens of any VR headset on this worth vary. The Rift S display screen is predicated on quick twitch LCD expertise which some folks contemplate superior for its capability to cut back the dreaded display screen door impact which lets you see particular person pixels, nevertheless an OLED display screen it more likely to show deeper blacks and extra vivid colors.

There’s no denying that the Oculus Quest has the next decision display screen and will due to this fact have the ability to show a barely sharper picture, particularly when watching movies or studying textual content. Don’t count on a greater gaming expertise simply due to the next decision display screen nevertheless, that’s extra depending on computing energy which I’ll discuss later. I must also point out the upper refresh charge on the Rift S, an typically underneath appreciated metric, which is able to enable the headset to show smoother transferring photos which enjoying video games.

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Each headsets function equivalent monitoring expertise newly developed by Oculus which does away with the necessity for exterior cameras; as an alternative the cameras are embedded within the headset itself (all of them) and infrared is used to trace the room you might be in in addition to the 2 controllers (additionally equivalent on each headsets). It is a nice innovation and means there may be one much less accent to set as much as begin your VR expertise

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The monitoring and controllers for each headsets permits for six levels of freedom (6DOF) which suggests you possibly can transfer across the VR setting freely (simply be careful in your actual life furnishings). The monitoring ought to work to room scale within the common lounge or bed room and is finest utilized in a effectively lit setting.

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Every controllers options an analogue stick, two triggers, a menu button and two face buttons. They’re ergonomically designed for use successfully with out having to truly see them. Within the VR setting they could possibly be represented as a paintbrush, gun, device package, something the gaming world requires. The Rift S has one additional monitoring sensor than the Quest, so you possibly can count on a barely extra correct expertise with that headset.

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Tether or to not Tether?

That is the place the largest and most vital distinction between the 2 headsets turns into obvious. The Quest is Oculus’s first wi-fi headset, requiring no PC or laptop computer and due to this fact no wires. With the ability to expertise full 6DOF VR experiences with none wires is nothing wanting a revolution in VR expertise, maybe as massive as the unique iPhone was for smartphones. Wires have been a continuing intrusion when enjoying VR video games and will typically restrict your actions and freedom to behave within the VR world.

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Tethering your headset to a gaming laptop computer does include some benefits, primarily the power to show far superior graphics. Whereas the Rift S will nonetheless require a tethered linked to a PC to play it is going to be in a position to render significantly better textures and particulars than the Quest. Primarily the video games on the Rift S are all the time going to look uch higher than on the Quest, and in a VR setting this does matter. The Oculus Quest is powered by a Snapdragon 835 cell processor which is similar processor discovered within the Samsung S8. That is already a reasonably old-fashioned processor and in a couple of years it might appear positively historic. It’s solely due to the large quantity of analysis and optimisation that Oculus/Fb put into the Quest that it might even run VR video games in any respect. In comparison with the ability of a PC or Laptop computer it’s by no means going to win, however which may not matter to many individuals.

You’ll should determine which is extra vital to you, a VR expertise freed from wires or a VR expertise with the very best visuals. For me I believe I’d want the wi-fi expertise despite the fact that I do have a VR prepared laptop computer.

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Right here’s the place you’ll discover the opposite evident distinction between the 2 headsets, and it’s one the place the Rift S comes out on prime. The Rift S may have entry to the total gaming library of the Oculus Retailer which has had years to construct up titles and experiences, it’ll additionally have the ability to play many of the video games developed for the Quest as effectively. The Ques ton the opposite hand simply isn’t highly effective sufficient to play all of the video games developed for its extra highly effective counterparts.

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There might be some ports (like Beat Saber and Superhot) however count on a decrease high quality visible expertise. The Quest does launch with some attention-grabbing exclusives which might be greater than sufficient to maintain even essentially the most avid VR gamer busy for months, and don’t neglect the large library of 360 movies and different VR experiences which can even be accessible on the Quest.

Merely put, the Rift will have the ability to play all Quest video games however the Quest will solely have the ability to play some Rift video games. Clearly as time goes on the library will develop and I’m positive builders might be eager to create experiences that work on each headsets.

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Each the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S can be found for $399 and $499 for the 64GB and 128GB variations respectively. Within the UK the value is similar in £. Keep in mind although that the Rift S requires a fairly highly effective PC with not less than 8GB or RAM and a devoted graphics card, whereas the Quest is able to go right away.

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Each techniques have been hotly anticipated and evaluations from prospects and different tech web sites have been flooding in. I’ve learn plenty of these evaluations so if you wish to save a while right here’s a abstract of the most typical professional’s and con’s for each headsets.



Loving the Wi-fi VR Expertise
Wonderful Display Decision
Nice Free VR Demos Accessible
“Way forward for VR and Gaming”


Some Poor High quality Textures
Restricted Storage Area
Restricted Collection of Unique Video games

Rift S


Improved Graphical Expertise
Restricted Display Door Impact
Wonderful Monitoring


Solely Restricted Improve from Authentic Rift
No Audio Enhancements

The Oculus Quest at the moment has a formidable 5 star ranking on Amazon with a number of dozen lengthy type evaluations from prospects whereas the Rift S has a four star ranking with much less evaluations, seemingly due to its larger necessities. Plainly the Rift S is attracting homeowners of the unique Rift who’re in search of an improve whereas the Quest is enticing those that are new to VR or have perhaps owned an Oculus Go.

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With these two fairly low costs VR headsets it appears to me like Oculus is taking the lead within the VR race. As for which one you should purchase, effectively that relies upon fully in case you are extra interested in the thought of wi-fi VR or graphically spectacular VR. That’s actually the defining completely different between these two. I’d say that in case you are in search of your first VR headset then the go for the Quest as a result of the expertise alone might be sufficient to maintain you entertained.


See Additionally: Final VR Headset Comparability Desk 


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