Long story short: my kids have decided that the only thing they both want this Christmas is a VR system. My wife and I have agreed to it.
They want to play Gorn, among other games, and they want a VR system that actually works, so PSVR is right out. (my experience with PSVR a few years ago was so terrible that I was able to convince GameStop to let me return it for store credit)
We’re thinking Oculus Rift S, because it doesn’t require a football field and a bunch of outlets to support all the little infrared beacons all over the room. Oculus Quest is also an option, but only if the tether-to-PC option actually works and isn’t one of those “oh, it works if your USB cable was manufactured by elves, but only the ones in the Prague factory, and only if it’s within this range of serial numbers, except for that one lot in January when they all took time off to help a despondent shoemaker.”
I’m open to other headsets if they’re relatively easy to set up and use. I’m hoping to avoid a situation where just getting the thing functional is a hobby unto itself.
Can anyone please help me figure out which headset is actually plug-and-play functional (Rift S or Quest? Or some other system?), and help me put together a PC that can actually work it? I’d prefer to buy an off-the-shelf PC like this one, which Newegg says is “VR ready” but I’m not sure I believe them. It certainly seems to meet all the specs for an Oculus Rift S, but there always seem to be “gotcha” moments with stuff like this.
Also, is there anything else I need to know? Does the color of the paint on the walls matter? Does natural sunlight from windows cause it to flip out and induce vomiting like it does for the PSVR?
Please, I’m invoking the power of the community to help me make this as painless a process as possible.