Competition on the VR scene has been hot for years, but one of the big winners was undoubtedly Facebook-owned Oculus. With their mix of mid-range prices and high-quality equipment, the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S helmets strike the perfect balance.
But which of the two is better? The wireless Quest or the wired Rift S designed for PC? I’m here to give you the verdict of Oculus Quest against Oculus Rift S.
Oculus Quest vs Rift S Specifications
The table above shows some of the most important specifications for the two helmets. But these numbers and acronyms don’t tell the whole story.
While the Quest has a higher resolution than the Rift S, you won’t get the most out of it when playing native Quest games. You’ll be limited by the processing power of Quest’s built-in Snapdragon 835 processor, which means that Quest games by default lower resolutions to run smoothly at 75 Hz and conserve battery life.
The Rift’s refresh rate is 8 Hz higher, but it’s not a jump big enough to be really noticeable for the average user.
So the same game running on a quest and a Rift S will almost certainly be better on the Rift S, which is connected to your PC and powered by your PC. There are actually ways to increase the resolution when using Quest, but it’s a little complicated and something you have to do every time you turn on the headphones.
For Quest’s defense, immersion in VR isn’t just in the graphics – it’s in freedom of movement. And in this regard, the Quest more than makes up for its lower firepower. Being able to freely play a boxing game like Thrill of the Fight in an area the size of a real boxing ring, or move around in the Superhot slow-motion shooter without worrying about twisting your cables, is extremely liberating.
Another objective advantage of the Quest helmet is the OLED screen, which offers deeper and richer blacks than the old LCD screen of the Rift S.
Enter the Oculus link
Things get interesting with Oculus Link, a feature that has been declared by some as the cable to cannibalize the Oculus Rift S in favor of the quest. Thanks to a software update introduced at the end of 2019 called Oculus Link, you can connect your Oculus Quest to your PC and use it to play PC VR games, just like the Rift S. You can use the rather expensive Oculus Link cableor any USB 3.1 cable carrying data.
Although the Link is not yet perfect, it allows you to fully exploit the full hardware capabilities of the Quest headset, playing PC VR games like you would on a Rift S. Some say the picture is not not as clear as the Rift S, but in reality this is barely noticeable (especially if you increase the resolution of the quest in the debugger).
So with the miracle of Oculus Link, you can basically make the Oculus Quest do the same job as the Rift, while remaining deceptively powerful wireless headphones with its own set of apps and games.
Who is the winner?
At an identical price of $ 399, it’s easy to make a direct comparison: Oculus Quest versus Oculus Rift S. More “hardcore” VR players can say that the Rift S, designed for PC, works better with PC games, but the differences are really marginal compared to the Quest when used with the Link cable. Add to that the higher resolution (when changed) and the wireless capabilities of the Quest, and it appears to be a much more versatile device.
If you really want a graphically optimal VR experience, then you have to look at the $ 1,000 valve index with a powerful PC graphics card to feel the difference. But in the mid-range, the courageous Quest wins.
Want to test your PC for VR? Here’s how to run a GPU benchmark test in Windows 10. Given how hard you will push your PC, you should also check out our guide to checking processor temperatures in Windows 10.
Is this article useful?