The reviews for the shiny new Oculus Rift VR headset are in

IGN

“Virtual reality technology is literally a game changer. For the first time since 3D graphics came around 20 years ago, it radically changes the way we play games and opens the door to new experiences that until now would’ve been impossible. The Oculus Rift is the first headset available, and it does a fantastic job of not just displaying high-quality VR, but making it easy to use.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: 9/10

The Verge

“The headset you can buy today is not Oculus’ most ambitious vision for virtual reality — but it’s a vision that Oculus has successfully delivered on.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: 8/10

Engadget

“The Rift requires lots of hardware and a big investment, but it’s worth it.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: 84/100

Gamespot

“I can look past the price tag and see Rift for what it is: a key to a new era of entertainment.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but very positive.

Polygon

“The Rift headset feels both high-quality and unusually subtle, especially in contrast to almost everything else you’ll find connected to a gaming PC, a line of products which share a long tradition of truly gauche aesthetics. The Rift is, in a word, beautiful.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: 8.5/10

Eurogamer

“I can safely say that those who’ve pre-ordered the Rift are unlikely to be disappointed with the quality of the end product and the experience it delivers – VR is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but very positive.

Mashable

“It’s also hard to ignore the price of the Oculus Rift. . . . That could also be an obstacle to its growth. . . . While we ponder this, on the precipice of virtual reality’s wide adoption, it seems too early to completely predict how the platform will evolve. At least Oculus’ first Rift is a calculated, well-executed step forward into a larger virtual world.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: 4/5 (average rounded up from four individual scores totalling 3.875)

Wired

“This is an astonishingly well-made device. It delivers rock-solid, comfortable VR, and it does so easily. You’ll be able to put this thing on anyone and show them the magic. You’ll have friends coming over just to go through the Dreamdeck. (Seriously, you will.) But you’ll have to make your peace with the idea that your $600—or realistically, $1,500 or more, if you need a PC to go with it—is an investment.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: 9/10

Tech Crunch

The Rift has had an entire industry riding on its back, and more than a handful of skeptics praying for its downfall. It impresses, and signals more good things to come from consumer virtual reality and — more broadly — our technological future.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but seemed mixed yet ultimately positive.

Tested

No written review.

Score: NA, but very positive.

AngryJoeShow

No written review.

Score: NA, but very positive.

The Wall Street Journal

No video review.

“VR’s Rising Star Isn’t Ready for the Mainstream”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but seemed mostly negative.

CNET

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“You simply must try the Oculus Rift. It’s breathtaking. I just wouldn’t buy one right now — and there’s no reason you should feel the need to, either (especially with its archrival, the HTC Vive, also just days away). The longer you wait to buy, the better it will get. This is just day one for Oculus — and for the future of virtual reality.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but seems largely positive.

Tech Radar

No video review.

“Oculus Rift is an outstanding device that delivers the kind of virtual reality we’ve only ever dreamed of. The headset has come so far, so fast, and it’s only going to get better.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but very positive.

Trusted Reviews

No video review.

“The Oculus Rift is a hugely impressive bit of kit and one that’s only going to get better as more work is done to the software and as developers understand how to develop for it.

As of now, it can both hugely impress and, at the same time, feel less polished than using a traditional PC and monitor setup. Still, this isn’t just a step towards the future, it is an almighty leap.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but very positive.

Stuff

No video review.

“The Rift is much more than an impressive debut for virtual reality gaming: it’s a sign of things to come. At long last the hardware is refined, there’s a diverse selection of games and experiences in the Oculus store, and developers are hard at work on big-name titles. It’s only going to get better from this point.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: 4/5

Road to VR

No video review.

“I envy the person reading these words right now who has never tried virtual reality. While we (the VR community and industry) have waited for several years now for the first desktop-class consumer headset of this new VR era to launch, in your reality, VR has simply appeared, and in the form of a product that will almost certainly impress you.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but very positive.

Ars Technica

No video review.

“At the same time, the Rift can’t be fully evaluated sight unseen. Now that it’s a real consumer product, anyone with even a potential interest in the promise of real, workable virtual reality in the home needs to find a way to at least try it out for themselves, to see if they can really stand waiting for those coming improvements. Describing the Rift’s virtual reality with words and pictures and videos projected on a 2D screen is like trying to describe the “real world” to someone in Flatland. You just won’t understand until you’re there.”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but seemed mixed.

Gizmodo

No video review.

“This Shit Is Legit”

Read the full written review here.

Score: NA, but very positive.

End Result

It looks like virtual reality is off to a great start, and it’s only going to get even better from here.

But, ain’t nothin’ gonna stop us lookin’ goofy as hell! 😀

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