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    Oculus Quest/Link vs Oculus Rift s and PC specs

    Hi, I'm going to buy some new gear for my sim racing and I wondered if anyone can give me some advice.
    First off, I'm looking at buying an Oculus but not sure which one..
    The quest with link or the Rift s Any advice?

    Also, I'm looking at some gaming PCs.
    This one is for sale...

    Rysen 1600
    RX 560
    16 GB Ram
    240 GB SSD
    500 GB HDD

    Any advice would be very appreciated.

    Thank you
    Tom

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    If you'd asked this a few months ago the Quest+Link option would have been a flat no for me, it was fine for most games but for racing just not there. However... Just gave it a go and it is much improved since I last tried it in PC2. I've only given it a go in Time Trial, so one car on track and ideal conditions, but that was absolutely fine for me whereas before I was struggling with the framerate (and I'm lucky enough to be not particularly framerate sensitive). I'll give it a go in some more demanding race conditions tomorrow if I get a chance.

    My immediate thoughts are:

    With Quest+Link the visuals are a little fuzzy compared to Rift S
    Native framerate on Rift S is 80, Quest is 72 - if you're framerate sensitive this may be a problem
    Link is stiill a little clunky - I had to restart my laptop to get it working properly

    If you're only going to play racing games I think Rift S is still the best option. Performance is undoubtedly better, it has a better framerate, and you're not dealing with the slight fuzziness that the Link compression brings.

    On the other hand, if you want to play other games outside of racing Quest is absolutely great - the wireless-ness of it is fantastic for native games, and the fact that Link allows it to act like a Rift is awesome. Hand tracking rocks big time too.

    Choosing between the two is tough, but I'd go Rift S if I had to pick one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregc View Post
    If you'd asked this a few months ago the Quest+Link option would have been a flat no for me, it was fine for most games but for racing just not there. However... Just gave it a go and it is much improved since I last tried it in PC2. I've only given it a go in Time Trial, so one car on track and ideal conditions, but that was absolutely fine for me whereas before I was struggling with the framerate (and I'm lucky enough to be not particularly framerate sensitive). I'll give it a go in some more demanding race conditions tomorrow if I get a chance.

    My immediate thoughts are:

    With Quest+Link the visuals are a little fuzzy compared to Rift S
    Native framerate on Rift S is 80, Quest is 72 - if you're framerate sensitive this may be a problem
    Link is stiill a little clunky - I had to restart my laptop to get it working properly

    If you're only going to play racing games I think Rift S is still the best option. Performance is undoubtedly better, it has a better framerate, and you're not dealing with the slight fuzziness that the Link compression brings.

    On the other hand, if you want to play other games outside of racing Quest is absolutely great - the wireless-ness of it is fantastic for native games, and the fact that Link allows it to act like a Rift is awesome. Hand tracking rocks big time too.

    Choosing between the two is tough, but I'd go Rift S if I had to pick one.
    Thanks Greg,
    I'm only really interested in race simulation or maybe the odd flight simulator and maybe other games would just be a novelty but tempting. I'm am prone to a little motion sickness so, I think the s must tip the balance.
    Many thanks for your advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomD View Post
    Hi, I'm going to buy some new gear for my sim racing and I wondered if anyone can give me some advice.
    First off, I'm looking at buying an Oculus but not sure which one..
    The quest with link or the Rift s Any advice?

    Also, I'm looking at some gaming PCs.
    This one is for sale...

    Rysen 1600
    RX 560
    16 GB Ram
    240 GB SSD
    500 GB HDD

    Any advice would be very appreciated.

    Thank you
    Tom
    Hi Tom
    I have used a rift S for about 5 months now predominantly for Sim racing and find it great, you will probably need higher powered pc to drive it to its best and keep it in the 80 FPS range. RX 560 would be a bit under powered in my opinion.
    Given a budget I would be happy to give some recommendations.

    Cejay

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    Quote Originally Posted by C3J4Y View Post
    Hi Tom
    I have used a rift S for about 5 months now predominantly for Sim racing and find it great, you will probably need higher powered pc to drive it to its best and keep it in the 80 FPS range. RX 560 would be a bit under powered in my opinion.
    Given a budget I would be happy to give some recommendations.

    Cejay
    Thanks Cejay,

    My original plan was to go from my PS4 Pro to a PC. Simply because, there are a lot more options with a PC to progress. Like, a oculus rift s and other games like forza and Rfactor 2, which are not available on a PS4. Plus, Although Gran Turismo is very entertaining, its not a very serious sim in my mind.

    At first I thought I could use my gaming laptop (Medion P6689 Erazer - GTX 1050 graphics) though PC2 is just about playable with everything turned down to the minimum. It intermittently freezes and it just doesn't cut it!

    My budget is going to be about the 1000
    That's 399 for the rift and the rest for the PC.
    I've already got a wheel. It's a TM 150 pro and for the p[rice works really well!

    There is one concern I have though and that's motion sickness. I need to test drive an oculus first for about an hour or so to see how i get on with it.

    Cheers
    Tom

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    TomD IMHO, the RX560 videocard is not going to cut it for decent quality VR in PCars2. My recommendation, go with a PC that has a powerful GPU eg: Nvidia GTX1080/ RTX2070 or AMD RX5700 or higher videocard. The higher end videocards basically help against stuttering, which can pull you out of VR immersion and cause motion sickness.
    The other system specs listed are fine. Eg: 6 core CPU and 16Gb of Ram

    Additionally if you are prone to motion sickness try to go with a VR headset that has the highest fps possible. 80 of the Rift-S is much better than 72 of the Quest. I would say 72 for a VR beginner is a recipe for motion sickness. Personally, I prefer headset that runs at 90fps minimum. Higher fps and smaller FOV is known to help against motion sickeness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomD View Post
    Hi, I'm going to buy some new gear for my sim racing and I wondered if anyone can give me some advice.
    First off, I'm looking at buying an Oculus but not sure which one..
    The quest with link or the Rift s Any advice?

    Also, I'm looking at some gaming PCs.
    This one is for sale...

    Rysen 1600
    RX 560
    16 GB Ram
    240 GB SSD
    500 GB HDD

    Any advice would be very appreciated.

    Thank you
    Tom
    I have the rift and with my pc (see sig) I can maintain 90fps with fairly high settings with a grid of 24 & myself.
    Although I don’t use the rift anymore. Lol I’m very happy with my triple setup.
    Steam: Bull Shark CPU: Intel i7 8700k 6 cores @ 4.9 Ghz | RAM: 16GB G-Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4 @ 3000 Mhz | GPU: MSI GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB Mobo: MSI Z370 Krait Gaming | SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB | OS: Win 10 x64 | Screen: G-MASTER GB3467WQSU-B1 3440*1440 | Controller:Fanatec CSW v2.5, ClubSport Shifter SQ V 1.5, CSL Elite pedals & loadcell brake| Misc: Oculus Rift , Simlab GT1 EVO Rig , Wife for serving Coffee and Beer.

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    Thanks everyone for all your advice.
    Looks like iv'e got to rethink about my options and go and do some tyre kicking.

    Cheers.

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