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Everything You Need to Know About the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that adds an extra layer of immersion in games, media, and software, mostly on the PC. This reasonably priced, preowned device tracks your head movements and lets you directly interact with objects in the game.

How to choose the right Oculus headset on eBay

There are three main types of Oculus headsets: the original Oculus Rift, the Oculus Rift S, and the Oculus Quest. The original Oculus Rift, which came out in early 2016, features a 1080x1200 resolution display with a 90 Hz refresh rate, 360-degree positional tracking, and integrated audio. The Oculus Rift S, which came out in May 2019, features a 2560x1400 display with an 80 Hz refresh rate and brighter overall lenses. Finally, the Oculus Quest is a different type of headset entirely. This all-in-one device doesn't require the use of a PC. Instead, it loads up games directly from internal storage so you can take the headset anywhere. Both 64GB and 128GB versions are available. See the manufacturer site for details.

What does the Oculus include?

The primary components of the Oculus Rift are the headset and the controllers. The headset will automatically translate your movement into the program or game without the need for any external sensors. And it is specifically designed with comfort and ergonomics in mind. The headset plugs into the computer through an included cable. The Oculus Rift also comes with two controllers, known as the Oculus Touch, which translate your movements and gestures directly into the virtual reality environment. These controllers have triggers, analog sticks, and extra buttons. This allows for versatile control schemes in all types of games. The original Oculus Rift and the Oculus Rift S come with a slightly different set of controllers. The Oculus Rift S controllers use inside-out tracking instead of external tracking. It is possible to purchase the standalone headset without the controllers on eBay if you already have a pair.

What are the system requirements for the used Oculus Rift?

The Oculus Rift requires a minimum set of specs on your computer. The minimum specs include at least 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 960 or an AMD equivalent graphics card, and a suitable CPU. To ensure the best possible performance, however, you will probably want an NVIDIA GTX 1060 or better. If you are unsure about your system, then check the features on your graphics card to make sure it is VR ready. Obviously, this doesn't apply to the used Oculus Quest. The second thing you should keep in mind is that the game or program will need to be designed with VR use in mind. The store page or package should mention whether the game is VR compatible. See the manufacturer site for details.