Best Oculus Rift Accessories in 2018

You've finally got your hands on an Oculus Rift and you want to maximize your VR experience. These awesome accessories range from basic things you ought to have on hand, to the absolute coolest gadgets in development to take VR to futuristic heights.

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Oculus Touch

The Oculus Rift originally shipped with an Xbox One controller and a small clicker remote for navigating and controlling your VR experience. Now that Oculus Touch controllers (about $99) are established, you have an entirely new way to play.

These controllers are comfortable to hold, they're lightweight, and they track really well. Being able to throw up a thumb or point out an objective to your buddies in the game is such a neat feeling, and with so many great games that take advantage of them, they're well worth the money. If you want the full Rift experience, you need these controllers.

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Oculus Sensor

A fully immersive Rift experience requires a room-scale setup, and grabbing an extra Rift sensor can make it happen. You set up two near the front of the room, plus another in a back corner in order to track your movements no matter which way you turn. For a flawless tracking setup, you might even consider a fourth. These sensors cost about $60 each and come with a 16-foot extension cable.

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Monoprice Commercial six-foot HDMI extension

This six-foot extension cable from Monoprice (about $11.50) is essential for anyone looking to get a room-scale Rift setup going. Sure, the built-in cable on the head-mounted display is lengthy, but while you're twisting and turning in your VR space, you can run out of room quickly.

To keep your PC from toppling or your headset from coming off of your head, add an HDMI extension for plenty of cable length and a worry-free experience.

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Monoprice Select Series six-foot USB-A 3.0 extension

If you're extending the HDMI cable on your head-mounted display, you'll no doubt also want to extend the USB cable to match. This one from Monoprice (about $6.75) is recommended by Oculus, and can be also be used to reach a third or fourth sensor at the back of your room-scale VR space.

These cables are especially handy if you decide you want to mount your Rift's sensors on the walls for a permanent solution.

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OdiySurveil mounting bracket

The Rift's sensors come attached to a slick stand that works, in most cases, quite well, but those of you who want a more permanent setup should take a look at these mounting brackets from OdiySurveil (about $6.75).

They're designed to work with security cameras, but they also happen to have the right-sized threading for your Rift's sensors. Just attach the mount to the wall, grab an extension cable, and screw the sensor on. The mount can rotate freely on a bracket, so you shouldn't have a problem getting your room-scale setup going.

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Microfibre cloths

There's nothing worse than foggy or dirty Rift lenses. They obstruct your ability to properly focus on the action in the headset and frankly, they're just gross. The consumer version of the Rift does ship with a cleaning cloth, but you'll probably want to buy more quality cloths as backups. Quality cannot be understated here because you don't want a product that can potentially scratch the lenses.

These cloths from SecurOMax (about $6) come with a money-back guarantee not to scratch your devices. Granted, if they do end up scratching them, getting your $6 back is hardly going to mitigate the frustration from the damage. That's why you should always be sure to clean your lenses the proper way, by softly wiping in a circular motion starting in the center and working outwards.

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Jaws Quick Spit anti-fog spray

Dealing with foggy Rift lenses is a serious pain, and a problem that affects a large majority of VR users. Heading into the Rift can be a physical endeavour, and having what is essentially a hot mask over your face doesn't lend itself well to ventilation.

To help cut down on the fog that ruins games and causes frustration, try applying some anti-fog spray to your lenses once in awhile. Be sure to spray the solution onto a microfiber cloth first, then apply; don't spray directly onto the lenses. It might not be a perfect solution, but at about $13 for a two-pack, it might be the cheapest.

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Leap Motion controller

Leap Motion (about $90) is an awesome product that lets you see your hands in VR. We're not just talking virtual hands that are tracked by motion control — e.g. Vive wands or Touch controllers — but actual precise movement tracking. If you hold up a finger in real life, you'll also hold one up in virtual reality.

You mount a receiver on the front of your Rift, which then picks up your hand's movement in front of you. Once you've seen Leap Motion in action, it's hard to get it out of your head.

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Hyperkin Polygon VR protector bag

Toting your Oculus Rift over to a friend's house can be a bit scary. You don't want to just toss it into any old bag or box, and you definitely want it to have some padding. This case from Hyperkin (about $80) has a bunch of modular, padded compartments that can hold your sensors (once you unscrew them from the stands), Touch controllers, headset, and cables securely and safely.

When closed, the case stays shut with two heavy-duty clips on the front as well as Velcro strips on the sides, so you don't have to worry about everything dropping out the bottom while you're on the move.

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Oculus Rift earphones

The headphones that come built right into your Oculus Rift work pretty well for what they are, but their design allows for a lot of ambient sound around you to get in. This isn't a terrible thing — many people still want to hear a little bit of what's going on around them — but others prefer to be cut off entirely while playing.

The earphones that Oculus offers (about $50) are super easy to install; you just unscrew the headphones and screw the earphones into their place. The whole process takes about three minutes, and after you'll have earbuds that actually stay in your ear, even when you're in the middle of an intense game. They're designed to fit into your ear from the top down, so there's no awkward cable management.

If you like the idea of using built-in sound with your Rift but prefer earbuds, this is the accessory for you.

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MDW retractable cable management

Sick of tripping on the cable running from the Oculus Rift to your PC? For about $23, you can grab a six-pack of retractable hooks that adhere to the ceiling. The Rift's cable runs through a carabiner for quick detachment, giving you a temporary or permanent solution.

It won't take long to set up, and as long as you have the appropriate extension cables, you should be living in an amazing room-scale VR world.

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TPCast wireless adapter

TPCast wireless adapter

The Oculus Rift is seemingly held back by the cables that tether it to the PC. They can become tangled and twisted as you move about your room-scale VR setup, breaking immersion when you remove the headset to get everything sorted. For about $320, you can remove the need for a cable tether, all thanks to TPCast.

It plugs into your Rift, attaches to the top headband, and removes the need for the long, snaking cable at your feet. The big issue here could be latency, but just about everyone who's given it a shot says they can't tell the difference between wired and wireless, save for the new sense of freedom.

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VR Cover interface and foam hygiene set

The foam padding around the inside of your Rift — the stuff that sits against your face and absorbs sweat — can get pretty grimy, especially if you're sharing your device between a few people. It's also not the most comfortable thing out there, which is why companies like VR Cover exist.

This set includes two foam replacements that are covered in PU leather, making it easy to wipe down after each use. This is a full gasket replacement, so swapping them out shouldn't take longer than a few seconds. Expect to pay about $50 for the entire package.

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Mamut Touch grip

These Touch grips from Mamut are a great way to keep your controllers in-hand, especially if you engage in a lot of frenetic Rift games. A rubber cover slides over the main portion that sits in your palm, and a cotton strap goes over the back of your hand to keep the controller in place. The grip itself is textured so your hands won't sweat as much, and there's even more room for all of your fingers. At about $40, these are worth the price for anyone who has already nearly tossed their controller across the room.

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Updated August 1, 2018: I've refreshed this list, adding Mamut Touch grips, to ensure you're still getting the absolute best accessories for your Rift.