10 Best Oculus Rift S Accessories
Oculus has a long history in VR headsets and arguably have been one of the pioneers of the field. For this reason, every product they release instantly becomes the talk of the town even with all of the competition they are currently facing.
The Oculus Rift S is the latest addition to the Oculus Rift line, which is a line of PC-based VR headsets. Although this VR headset is traditional in the sense of still requiring a PC connection, it has received a lot of performance and comfort upgrades that have made it an instant hit. Getting the right accessories for the Oculus Rift S can only make the experience even better. If you already have an Oculus Rift S and are looking to enhance it with accessories, then check out our list of favorites.
If you’re buying an Oculus Rift S, then we are assuming that you already have a gaming PC and enough room in your apartment for VR gaming. There is a lot of stuff to keep track of with a wired gaming setup: you have your headset, controllers, and the several feet of cable that run from your PC to your headset.
With so much potential pandemonium, any attempt in organization is well-appreciated. This VR stand from AMV is the first step towards that goal. The VR stand provides a safe, stable, and good-looking dock for your headset and controllers for when you are done for the day. Its wide stance ensures that it will not tip over even with the weight of the headset sitting on top of it.
More than just being a place to store your VR gear, this stand has also been designed to protect your headset. When docked in the VR stand, the Oculus Rift S is tilted slightly upwards to prevent any light from hitting the lenses and damaging it. The main pillar of the stand also sits a good distance away from the lenses, so it won’t cause any scratches.
One of the most frustrating part of VR gaming while tethered to the PC is the cable itself. Yes, you can get longer cables so you can move a bit more freely, but the feeling of a cable running down your shoulder and back will still be there. Most of the time, this ruins the immersion that VR gaming promises.
This cable management system from Hyperkin gets the cable out of the way by hooking it up to the ceiling using a series of carabiners and adhesives. Each set comes with six adhesive pads with hooks, and six carabiners hooked up to a 4-foot retractable wire. It’s still a mostly DIY solution, but the package gives you all the tools that you are going to need.
This system works by arranging the adhesive mounts in such a way that the cable that runs from your gaming PC is suspended from walls and ceiling and away from you. Take note that the adhesive mounts may not work on all types of surfaces, particularly those that are far from smooth. They will also be subjected to a lot of movement, so you likely need to look forward to replacing some of them after a couple of months.
One of the new features of the Oculus Rift S is integrated audio that makes it possible to use the VR headset without having to use third-party headphones. However, you might still want to because the built-in doesn’t quite wrap around your ears. This means that you can still end up hearing sounds from the real world around you, which is terrible for immersion.
Fortunately, the Rift S comes with a 3.5-mm. jack for external audio. You don’t even need to spend a fortune for high-quality earbuds, as demonstrated by these ErgoFit Earbuds from Panasonic that cost less than $15.
These earbuds were made for physical exercise, so they will certainly stay put despite all your movements while VR gaming. The audio quality, while not top-notch, is good enough for the price point with its tonally balanced profile. The Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds come in 15 colors, so you can surely pick one that fits your style.
What could be better than a VR gaming area that spans the area immediately in front of your TV? A gaming area that takes up the whole room, of course! In case you didn’t know, you can very easily expand the size of your VR area by simply adding another Oculus Sensor to your setup.
This sensor keeps track of the IR LEDs in your headset and translates your movements to the VR environment. The scope of a sensor is limited, however, so you’ll need more of them if you want to be able to move around more.
Each Oculus Sensor comes with a 16-foot cable that needs to be plugged into a USB-A port on your gaming PC. You can position them across your room however you like but it’s best to have two at the front and another one at the back. If you feel like this isn’t large enough, then you buy a fourth one and place a sensor at the four corners of your room.
Extending the size of your VR play area will almost certainly require extension cables. Oculus sells longer HDMI cables for the Rift S headset, but your Oculus Sensors will have to be positioned even further away from your PC.
If the 16-foot USB cable that comes with the Oculus Sensor isn’t long enough, then you might want to have a couple of these USB-A extension cables on hand so you can position them as far away from your gaming PC as you want. These cables are USB 3.0-compatible which have SuperSpeed data transmission capabilities. When your VR games count on lightning-fast reactions, then you’ll be glad to have splurged (just a bit) for a good quality USB extension cable.
Using a VR headset that makes use of the powerful graphical processor of your gaming PC requires it to be tethered by a cable. The thing is, nobody likes having to move around with a tether. If you absolutely can’t stand this fact, then you’ll be glad to know that you can get the TPCast Wireless Adapter that will allow you to use your Rift S wirelessly.
Basically a portable antenna array, this adapter hooks up to your VR headset and conveniently slides into the top strap of the Rift S. Thus, comfort isn’t an issue. There also are no problems with performance or latency, given that you have the OpenTPCast software installed on your PC, which will cost an additional $25 at least.
The major drawback of this accessory is that it’s one of the more expensive that you can get for the Oculus Rift S. In fact, it costs almost as much as the headset! It also takes a bit of work to set up. Between the cost and the work involved, we recommend getting this wireless adapter only if you absolutely can’t stand VR gaming with a cable.
If you’ve ever used a VR headset before, then you probably know how quickly the inner lenses can get fogged up because of your own sweat. You can have all the accessories to enhance immersion, but nothing destroys immersion more than having to remove your headset every now and then to wipe off the fog from the display.
This cheap anti-fog spray from Just Add Water is the perfect solution to your immersion-ruining woes. This spray can be used in wet or dry applications, so you can even apply it in the middle of your gaming session. It’s made from non-toxic ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about adverse effects to your skin or eyes.
The best thing about this anti-fog spray and one of the reasons why it’s so popular is that it’s so ridiculously cheap. Each bottle, which costs less than $10, is good for more than 200 pumps and should last you several months to more than a year.
Microfiber cloths are pretty much par for the course if you own any electronic device with a sensitive display. They are even more important for a high-quality VR headset like the Oculus Rift S because you would not want to damage those lenses.
This six-pack of microfiber cloths from MagicFiber certainly fits the bill. They are soft enough to remove dust, oil, and other smudges from the display of the Oculus Rift S without leaving streaks or scratches. Each microfiber cloth is packed separately in its own polybag, so you can just set the spares aside, and they will be good as new when you need them. They can even be reused after washing with water and air-drying.
What makes a microfiber cloth such a good buy is that you can use it for practically all of your electronic devices. They are especially well-suited for sensitive surfaces such as camera lenses and filters.
The new-generation Oculus Touch controllers that come with the Rift S are only marginally different from their older versions, which is a testament to how well-designed the old controllers were. They are very responsive and ergonomic, and this level of quality greatly enhances the VR gaming experience with the Rift S.
Being wireless, you need to recognize that the batteries of the Oculus Touch controllers have a limited life. To make sure that your gaming session isn’t cut short by dead batteries, then plan ahead and get at least four spares.
This set of AA rechargeable batteries and charger from Energizer is just absolutely perfect. The charger comes with an auto-shutoff feature to prevent overcharging of the batteries, and even has a foldable plug for easier storage. The terminals of the charger can also be adjusted for use with AAA batteries. For something that costs less than $10, you can hardly ask for anything more than what this battery pack offers.
The Oculus Rift S may not be the type of VR headset that you travel with, but there may still be times with you to a friend’s house or to a trip out of town. VR headsets are made of some particularly sensitive parts, so it would be best to carry them around inside a high-quality protective case.
Although not specifically designed for the Rift S, this carrying case has modular compartments separated by foam pads. The whole inner compartment is then padded by a grid foam that protects the contents against external impact. The carrying case opens and closes with heavy-duty clips that are secure, yet convenient.
This carrying case has enough room for the Rift S headset plus all the essential accessories such as the Oculus Touch controllers, charger cables, HDMI cables, and power adapters. Just make sure to make all the components fit snugly inside the case, so none of them get damaged because of moving around. In any case, this is a solid and budget-friendly product that can keep your VR headset safe when used properly.
The Rift S is the latest addition the revered line of Oculus Rift VR headsets. It absolutely does not disappoint. With its superior display, revamped and more comfortable design, and the provision of the excellent Oculus Touch controllers, it will inevitably make a mark as one of the VR headsets of its generation.
However, even an excellent product can be enhanced with some accessories. In the case of the Oculus Rift S, the products we have highlighted are those that build upon its intended use of PC-tethered VR gaming. With these accessories, you can have greater freedom of movement or extend your VR gaming sessions. Perhaps the real world pales to what awaits you in there.