Oculus Quest 2 vs. Rift S – Which one is better?

For users who don’t have a PC for VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2 is a perfect choice. The device is powered by Snapdragon 835 processor (CPU) with a higher resolution in the dual OLED displays.

Oculus Rift S Review

The Oculus Rift S device is an excellent successor to the original Rift CV1 and required a PC to power it. Compared to the Oculus Quest 2, the device has a lower-res LCD but gives full access to Rift titles. It also has an Insight tracking system with five sensors and a refresh rate of 80 Hz.

The Oculus Rift S being discontinued from 2021, people are more inkling towards the Oculus Quest 2 as it has the Oculus Link feature and lets users play PCVR games by connecting the device to a PC. In addition to the Oculus Quest 2 device being brand new than the Rift S, it is also more affordable and efficient. The Oculus Quest 2 is available at $299 for the 64GB variant and $399 for the 256GB variant. The Oculus Rift S price is $399. Also, the Oculus Quest 2 is more upgraded in terms of features than the Rift S. the former has hand tracking support while the latter doesn’t.

Oculus leaves us in a dilemma.

Display of Quest 2

While the Oculus Quest 2 has an OLED display, the Rift S has a single LCD with a combined resolution of 2560×1440. The Oculus Rift S has an RGB stripe design in comparison to the Quest’s diamond pentile design. Both the Rift S and the Quest gives a clear picture that has less SDE than other models. The Rift S doesn’t allow any specific IPD adjustment while the Quest lets users adjust IPD with a slider, giving people a clearer view. Though the Oculus Quest 2 has a fine display, the Rift S is considered the better in terms of display features.

Design of Oculus Quest 2

The Oculus Quest 2 is strikingly similar to the Rift CV1. The Rift S has a halo headband with a dial located on the back that can be adjusted for the perfect fit. A band runs along the top of the user’s head to keep the tool from slipping down. The Quest has a headband like the Rift CV1 with efficient dual Velcro adjustments located on each side. It also has a top strap to prevent the headset from slipping down. The Quest has four sensors located on each corner of the front plate. Both headsets have integrated audio, and the speakers are inserted into the headband.

Performance Hardware

The Rift S is a PC-powered device through a five-meter long tether. The Oculus Quest 2, on the other hand, is a self-contained VR headset without any cable connection required for the power. This makes it one of the portable and efficient devices. A significant factor of the Oculus Quest 2 is the Oculus Link, which allows gamers to play PCVR games on the Oculus Quest 2 by connecting the device to the PC.  If a person has a powerful PC for VR games, they can easily play them on the Oculus Quest 2. This means that the Oculus Quest 2 can be used as a portable VR headset.

Tracking and Touch of Quest 2

Both Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest 2 headsets have an Oculus Insight tracking system. This system scans surroundings, identifies physical objects, and correlates with data from the headset’s accelerometer and gyroscope to give the exact positional data. While the Oculus Quest 2 uses four sensors for tracking, the Rift S relies on five sensors. Users will receive updated Oculus Touch controllers with both the headsets.

The Oculus Rift S is the best for users who want the best PCVR experience on the Oculus platform. However, in terms of software updates and upgraded features, the Oculus Quest 2 stands high. With Oculus Link, the Oculus Quest 2 has a better advantage.

Anna Versai

Associate Editor (Features and Rewrite) at Technowize. Anna Versai gives a quick and entertaining look at Technology’s most fascinating news. She also writes for The HR Digest and Industry Leaders Magazine. |Follow her on Twitter @VersaiAnna

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