The Oculus Rift S and Quest are nonetheless out of inventory, so within the U.S. Facebook is quickly selling a “limited supply” of refurbished original Rifts for $299.

That’s $100 lower than the Rift S, which is priced at $399. The itemizing is just accessible within the U.S.

The unique Oculus Rift launched in mid-2016 for $600. This didn’t embrace the Touch controllers, which launched in December of that 12 months for $200. In 2017, Facebook unified right into a Rift+Touch bundle priced at $400, and that’s what’s on supply right here.

Facebook 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.

If you’re not pleased with the headset, returns can be found for 30 days. If there’s a difficulty with it nevertheless, there’s a six-month guarantee. That’s solely half the usual guarantee, and would truly be unlawful in nearly all different developed nations.

Facebook is selling refurbished Rift CV1s as Rift S remains sold out in U.S.

So how does the Rift “CV1” maintain up in 2020? We received one among ours out of storage and performed a bit Half-Life: Alyx with it.

What holds up properly

The Rift CV1 is the one Oculus headset to date designed to be excessive finish, slightly than balanced with affordability. The headset has a premium really feel with a fabric exterior, and extra importantly it’s compact, mild, and cozy to put on.

Unlike the Rift S, the lens separation is adjustable, permitting it to accommodate a wide range of users.

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 essential drawback with the Rift CV1 was all the time its monitoring system. It’s awkward to arrange, clunky, and sometimes incompatible with motherboards. If you progress your sensors in any respect you’ll have to redo setup. And until 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 top of the range “room scale” monitoring (immediately taken with no consideration) you’ll want to amass a 3rd.

While OLED panels give the display nice distinction, the comparatively low decision is jarring in comparison with trendy headsets. You’ll end up leaning in way more typically to learn textual content, and distant objects might be laborious to determine.

The greatest drawback with the show system although is the “god rays” on the lenses. In excessive distinction scenes this may be extremely distracting.

Should you purchase one?

At $300, this looks like a excessive value for a headset launched 4 years in the past. At the top of its life, the headset was provided for $350 new. We’d have anticipated this to be priced extra across the $200 mark.

But it could nonetheless play any VR recreation the Rift S can. So in the event you simply can’t anticipate different headsets to come back again in inventory and also you’re conscious of the restrictions, this could possibly be your path into PC VR.

If your interpupillary distance is outside the recommended range for the Rift S, it might even be a superior expertise for you.

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