Oculus Rift: The ultimate guide

If you're looking for a company to thank for re-igniting VR as we know it today, direct your attention toward Oculus. From Developer Kit 1 all the way to Consumer Version 1, they've spawned plenty of competitors on their way to your living room, and have been one of the main players in bringing VR to everyone.

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Meet Oculus Rift

Oculus shows no signs of stagnating — they have some amazing projects currently on the go that we've only had a glimpse of. Think the Rift might be for you? Here is a collection of articles to get you acquainted with your portal to the virtual dimension.

First things first!

Take the time to read about all the VR options you have! You want to make sure that when you buy your device, it's the right one for you.

Powering your Oculus Rift

Buying and testing options!

Last step in deciding, if you've got the time! Check out here to see where you can test an Oculus Rift near you before you buy!

Learn about your safety!

In this day and age, it's always important to learn all of your safety options when it comes to a new device.

How to do pretty much everything with Oculus Rift

Opening the box your Rift came in is step one. Here's how to do pretty much everything else so that you get the best experience possible.

Getting to know your Oculus Rift

Alright, you've completed the first step of buying your Oculus Rift, now it's time to see all the amazing things it's capable of!

Room-scale Rifting

Using the store options

Helpful how-tos, tips and tricks

Your Oculus Rift, your PC and you

Introducing Rift Core 2.0

Rift Core 2.0 is here, and if you've opted into the testing beta for it we've got the hook-up for you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding all the fun new options when using this update, we're right here to help. For now, here a few common questions. If you're here because you've tried out the 2.0 and find it's not to your taste, we have the steps on how to uninstall it as well.

Games, games, and more games

What's virtual reality without games? Less fun! Check out some round-ups and lists of the best games for Rift to help you build your collection.

Capturing gameplay

The best games by genre

The best games by type

Following game pages for future content

More Rift fun

Games aren't all the Rift is about! These ideas and apps help contribute to an overall amazing experience in Rift.

Movies in VR


Your Oculus Rift comes with everything you need for a great virtual experience, but that doesn't mean you can't find a bunch of great accessories to expand your horizon.

Oculus Touch controllers

These controllers have changed Rift forever. Here's what you need to know about room-scale motion tracking with Oculus Touch. Be sure to check out our Ultimate Touch Troubleshooting guide for help with any problems!

Help with your controllers


PC Performance

PC Performance

Even the best systems run into problems. Use this list to help you deal with the (rare) problems that arise when using your Oculus Rift.

For a dedicated Rift troubleshooting page, check out our ultimate troubleshooting guide and our Touch troubleshooting guide.

If you're setting up a room-scale experience with your Oculus Rift, be sure to check out our room-scale troubleshooting guide.



Decide that Oculus wasn't for you?

Sorry that, for whatever reason, it didn't work out! Here are some helpful tips on how to sell your VR headset! Before you leave VR for good, be sure to check out PlayStation VR, a cheap & fun time for the whole family!

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Updated August 2018: We added some more articles to help find the best games you can play sitting down and how to stream to Twitch!

Essa Kidwell

Essa Kidwell is an expert in all things VR and mobile devices who can always be found with an Oculus Go, a Pixel 2, and an iPhone 7+. They've been taking things apart just to put them back together for quite some time. If you've got a troubleshooting issue with any of your tech, they're the one you want to go to! Find them on Twitter @OriginalSluggo or Instagram @CosmeticChronus.