Looking for a solid VR headset on the cheap? Or maybe a legacy headset for your growing collection? Oculus is now selling its 2016-era Rift for $300 for a limited time.

The company is selling a limited supply of refurbished packages containing the original Oculus Rift and Touch controllers direct on its website. The new Rift S costs $400, although stock has proven to be touch and go due to coronavirus-related supply chain disruptions.

Released in March 2016, Oculus Rift originally shipped without Touch controllers, instead arriving with an Xbox One gamepad, a single external tracking sensor, and a basic remote for media navigation—the entire bundle priced at $600. It wasn’t until December 2016 that Touch finally arrived, which came with an additional tracking sensor for a total of $200. Granted, cheaper all-in bundles were offered throughout Rift’s life cycle before being replaced by the Rift S in May 2019, as it was offered at an all-time low of $350 near its end.

Rift S (left) and Rift (right) – Photo by Road to VR

Although the original Rift features a notably lower resolution than the newer Rift S—dual 1,080 × 1,200 OLED panels clocked at 90 Hz vs a single 2,560 x 1,440 LCD panel (1,280 x 1,440 pixels per eye) at 80 Hz on Rift S—it does feature a few features Oculus removed in the newer model.

Thanks to its mechanical interpupilary distance (IPD) adjustments, a wider range of users can use the original; Rift S uses an in-software solution that is said to accommodate 70% of users over the 95% provided by the 2016-era Rift.

It also has a rigid headstrap that fits snuggly to your head and integrated audio, the latter of which was replaced in Rift S for a down-firing, open-ear audio design. Your mileage may vary, but some users like the original headstrap over the new halo style.

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Granted, one of the biggest differences is the original’s ‘outside-in’ tracking sensors, which require direct line-of-sight with the headset and controllers to track properly. For best results, you’ll also need three USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI 1.3 port—a bit of a cabling nightmare in comparison to Rift S’ more simplified requirement of a single DisplayPort 1.2 port and one USB 3.0 port thanks to its ‘inside-out’ optical tracking integrated into the headset itself.

Of course, all titles built for Rift S work on the original Rift too, and it can also play a vast majority of VR games available through Steam. It’s not a horrible deal if you’re looking for a solid headset that can play pretty much every PC VR game out there, whether it be an Oculus exclusive like Asgard’s Wrath (2019), or Valve’s SteamVR-based Half-Life: Alyx (2020).

What’s in the Box

  • Headset – A soft, comfortable headset with custom optics provide incredible visual fidelity and a wide field of view.
  • Touch controllers – Touch is a pair of tracked controllers that provide intuitive hand presence in VR—the feeling that your virtual hands are actually your own.
  • Two Sensors – Rift sensors track constellations of IR LEDs to translate your movement into VR whether you’re sitting down or standing up.

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  • Lark R

    This feels bad considering they haven’t sold replacement cables for the CV1 for several months now.

  • MadMax1998

    Or you could get a used one for $200… I just sold mine with three sensors and extenders at 220€ here in Germany and the buyer loves it.

    • Glenn Ennreich

      The danger is not all sellers are trustworthy like you were. Buy one with a failed cable and you’re sol.
      Of course even buying a refurbished one from Facebook is too risky since it will only last as long as your one and only cable.

  • so uh, we can now buy entire rifts, but still NO REPLACEMENT CABLES. WHAT THE HECC FB

  • plrr

    No replacement cables? That’s a real problem. Have had to replace my Rift CV1 cable twice already!

  • Dan Lokemoen

    You can get a new Samsung Odyssey+ for $380 on Amazon. In many ways, this is still the best VR HMD on the market.

    • Moe Curley

      I’ve only recently come to appreciatewhat a good headset the Odyssey+ is. You’re right. It’s under appreciated. I bet the next version is going to be surprisingly good.

  • rfanck

    refurbished units ! They can’t build new batch of units without the problem of the install driver oculus loop of death ?

    • vtid

      They stopped making them months ago. These are the remaining refurbished stock.

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  • vtid

    Guys you don’t have to buy it if you don’t want to. Many ppl prefer the cv1 to the Rift S, like myself. They’re getting rid of the remaining stock. They don’t employ people to fix them anymore so they only have limited numbers left, with short warranty. It’s a risk of sorts to purchase, but I’d still rather the cv1 over the Rift S since the audio is 100 times better and no inside out tracking. Take it or leave it.

  • Foreign Devil

    Wish they could refurbish my Rift CV1 which has been gathering dust in it’s boxes for over a year now because it just stopped working and is out of warranty. HDMI simply will not keep a constant connection.. .would not even briefly connect last time I tried it.

  • impurekind

    I still have the original Rift and had a blast playing Half-Life: Alyx on it.

  • I still think the CV1 had the best controller ever

  • Jahmai Jones

    It says its unavailable on the site

  • Moe Curley

    This headset was a great introduction to VR for a lot of people. A piece of history pretty cheap. And still a solid headset.

  • Mikenseer

    Yes but does it come with a cable that won’t break after a few hours of use? I’ve gone through no fewer than 4 cables and would happily continue using a CV1 if their cables were of any semblance of quality. Please just give us 90hz+ displays from now on.