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The Ultimate Oculus ‘Holiday Rift’ Guide


The Ultimate Oculus ‘Holiday Rift’ Guide

Jumping into high-end VR isn't as easy as picking up an Oculus Rift. Check out the games and accessories you'll need to truly embrace virtual reality.

At its developer conference this year, Oculus gave its Rift VR headset a permanent price cut; get it and a Touch controller for $399.

Jumping into high-end VR isn't as easy as picking up an Oculus Rift, though. You'll need a compatible PC, a few accessories, and—of course—games that can take advantage of its powerful features.

If the Oculus Rift is on the holiday wishlist of someone you care about this year, be sure they're ready for virtual reality on day one. Below, check out our list of Oculus-ready PCs, accessories, and games the VR fan in your life will love.

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  • 1Dell XPS Tower Special Edition (8930)

    Like previous versions, the Dell XPS Special Edition (8930) is a compact and upgradeable multipurpose desktop. But now it's faster than ever thanks to Intel's latest Coffee Lake processor. VR gaming is easily attainable for this system, clearing the recommended GTX 1060 floor.


  • 2Alienware 15 R3 (2017)

    The Alienware 15 R3 is a well-designed laptop with the power for smooth HD gaming at maximum settings.

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  • 3Oculus Rift Earphones

    These in-canal earphones are built to replace the on-ear headphones the Rift comes with, and they're a handy alternative if you prefer earphones to headphones. They're functional, though pricey. at

  • 4Oculus Touch

    The Oculus Touch is the best virtual reality motion control system we've tested, putting the Rift functionally on par with the Vive at a much lower price.

  • 5Superhot VR

    As IGN notes in its review, "Countless games try to make you feel like a John Wick-style action hero, [and] Superhot VR is one of a very few to pull it off in a believable way. By slowing time in the world around you until you move or shoot, it creates an awesome illusion that you’re thinking and reacting at superhuman speeds."


  • 6Thumper

    The team behind Thumper describes it as "rhythm violence." In this game, "you are a space beetle. Brave the hellish void and confront a maniacal giant head from the future." For more, check out IGN's review on the PlayStation VR.

  • 7Elite Dangerous

    In Elite Dangerous, you "take control of your own starship in a cutthroat galaxy. Elite Dangerous brings gaming’s original open world adventure into the modern generation with a connected galaxy, evolving narrative and the entirety of the Milky Way re-created at its full galactic proportions."

  • 8StarTrek Bridge Crew

    In Star Trek Bridge Crew, players can assemble their crew aboard the new Aegis or the classic Enterprise; perfect for a bit of nostalgic fun. For more, check out IGN's review.

  • 9Lone Echo

    As IGN notes in its review, Lone Echo and its multiplayer companion Echo Arena make outstanding use of the zero-gravity setting and the Oculus Touch controllers in a way that creates a convincing experience of weightlessness and presence.

  • 10Everest VR

    In Everest VR, you join an expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Start at Basecamp before tackling the Khumbu Icefalls, Lhotse Face, the Hillary Step, and the summit of Everest.

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