I thought I would give your our experience of the switch from Vive Pro (and Samsung Odyssey) to Rift S.
We started our flagship Centre VR store with 30 x Vive Pro, inc 3 wireless. Over the year we have had such a lot of broken cables, breaking ratchets, microphone and headphone failures, perishing nose pieces, and other small technical issues, (and the fact that the Lighthouse tracking stopped development at 2.0 with four base stations
when we were expecting the 16 to eventually be usable, not just identified) we decided to switch a few out for Oculus Rift S, after a trial. The issue with the Oculus home button is the only major flaw we have found so far, and the occasional loss of tracking/guardian. We have found that the dim lighting was mostly the cause of that, and have sorted it with some LED security camera floodlights. We also added some obvious markings to the walls to help the guardian software “see” recognisable elements. We also added the Bionix headphones to sort out the poor audio.
With the Rift S costing far less than the Vive Pro, using AA rechargeable batteries (meaning we don’t have to have 15 spare Vive Pro controllers) and no more chance of the expensive Lighthouses failing, we have found the move to be a good one. It also allowed us to remove our curtain that separated the sections of Lighthouse areas, so our play area is now one big open space.
Inside out tracking is getting better and better, with every major manufacturer working on the tech, and Lighthouse seems to have stopped being developed. I think even the Index will get an inside out tracking version at some point and that the Lighthouse tracking system will eventually die out. Unless by some miracle (and I still hope they might) someone makes 16 base stations work so that we can make real use of Vive Wireless and have a lower cost version of the Optitrack system. We have held 6 Vive Pros and 3 wireless back just in case 🙂
We are planning on purchasing 50 x Quests if SB runs on them to hire out in the UK. If any other UK company has similar plans please contact me as I think a network of cross hiring headsets will be viable in the future and beneficial to all companies who participate in sharing these resources.