Oculus Rift S Controllers - Where to Buy and How to Maintain Them
Oculus Rift S Controllers - A Guide
If you're looking to dive into the virtual reality market using the Oculus Rift S controllers, there is a lot to consider. You'll need a VR-ready computer and a big enough budget that could potentially triple the price of your VR set. This article will cover all those things but will focus on two important aspects - where to buy and how to maintain your controllers.
Where to buy Oculus Rift S controllers
We've done the research and found that Amazon is the best place to buy them. We found that they have a high rating on customer service and shipping time, which are two of the most important things when buying online.
We've also got a few options for you. If you're looking to save some money, though, we recommend buying from eBay, where the controllers cost $489.00 (plus tax and $7 shipping). The price difference is $99 cheaper compared to Amazon, but it will take almost a week to get the controllers in your hands—and if you're like us, that's just too long!
At Walmart, you'll pay $569.98 for a headset and get it delivered in a few days more than the eBay option. All of these options are new sets.
If you're looking for Oculus Rift S Controllers in used condition, Best Buy and Micro Center both have them available for purchase. If you've already got a pair of Oculus Touch controllers, but want to upgrade to the newer model, this is a great way to do it!
Awesome Oculus Rift S accessories
Rift Stand Display
So you've invested in an Oculus Rift S controllers, but your desk isn't quite ready to handle it, it still isn't something you want to be moving around a lot. No matter how careful you are with setting it back down, there is always a chance for wear and tear. Enter the AMVR VR Stand. The accessory was made for display purposes only, but that doesn't mean you can't put it to work being a solution for storing your controllers, too.
Are you planning to buy the Oculus Rift S controllers? You should know that each controller needs an AA battery to operate. Replacing batteries can be costly, especially with the newer controllers on the market. This may not seem like a big deal but it can start to add up, especially if you play VR games with your new VR headset often as you would certainly need more than 4 AA batteries. This Energizer AA and AAA Battery Charger is great for your Oculus Rift S Controllers.
Upgraded VR Headphones
If you're like us, the stock speakers that come with the Oculus Rift S aren't that great. They sound tinny and muffled—and they don't have a lot of range.
That's why we were so excited when we heard about the Bionik Mantis headphones. It's a snug fit, so it feels like it's a part of the headset. And it's a big audio upgrade for the stock speakers, too! The cable is short, so you don't have to worry about cable management.
Prescription VR Glasses Inserts
When you're getting into VR, you want to be able to focus on the experience. You don't want to have to worry about your glasses pressing into your nose, or having to adjust them while you're trying to play a game.
Luckily, Widmo VR lets you build your prescription lens right into its adapter. So, you don't have to worry about this during long hours of playtime. Plus, the price is very reasonable, especially for a prescription pair. They also come with an option for blue light protection.
If you already have your prescription lens and don't want to pay for another pair, the Glistco lens adapter might be the way to go. Although they only are compatible with Zenni lenses.
Controller Knuckle Straps
Are you tired of dropping your Oculus Rift S controllers?
Does the sweat from your hands make it hard to keep your grip on them?
Is it embarrassing when they slide out of your hands during a heated game of Overwatch and you have to watch them fall to the ground?
Well, we have the solution for you. The AMVR Touch Controller Grip Cover will help you lose the grip on your controllers and it'll help your thumbs in the long run. The premium silicone is non-slip, durable, and comfortable to wear, so you won't have to worry about accidentally dropping your Oculus Rift S controllers or even throwing them during one of those moments.
Silent VR Pulley System
There's nothing more frustrating than trying to play a game and being tripped up by your own headset’s wire.
When you find yourself tripping over the cables or the cable pulls its weight on your headset, or just not a fan of the tugging feeling? You'll need this KIWI cable management system for Oculus Rift S controllers. With its noise dampener technique, it's almost silent during use. You'll not only increase the playground area, but it'll also make it easier to bend when the cables are off the ground.
How to maintain my Oculus Rift S Controllers
To maintain your Oculus Rift S controllers, follow these steps:
- Wipe them down with a damp cloth or a microfiber cloth. Be sure to wipe in the direction of the grooves in the material and not against them.
- If you have any dirt or grime on your controllers, use some rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab to remove it. Use caution around the buttons, as alcohol will damage them over time if used too frequently.
- If you need to clean the inside of your controllers, you can use compressed air or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment on low power settings to clean them out thoroughly without removing any of the internal components from their housings.
Final Oculus Rift Thoughts
The Oculus Rift S controllers bring a lot of improvements. If you'd like to completely upgrade your VR experience, then we recommend doing just that. While it can be a bit pricey upfront, it's important to remember that the accessories will increase in value and appeal as virtual reality technology grows and becomes more main stream, so in other words... totally worth it.