Oculus Rift S Improves on the VR Headset That Defined a Generation

New Oculus Rift S Won’t Require External Sensors Hits Spring 2019 For $399

Oculus starts off its announcement by confirming that the Rift S will use the Oculus platform - hardly a surprise, but it does mean that it'll have an extensive library of games and apps on launch day. "This headset will effectively replace the standard Oculus Rift headset, which has had production all but halted to make way for the new model".

I spent some time with the Oculus Rift S playing viking action game Asgard's Wrath as well as the colorful and quirky Vacation Simulator, and the experience was great - if not a bit familiar.

Another interesting point to add is the fact that Rift S was actually co-designed by Lenovo.

The Oculus Rift S will launch this spring for $399.

Instead of cameras, the Rift S has five built-in sensors that work out how a user is moving and adjust the scene they are seeing. That's a nice bump from the original Rift's resolution of 2160×1200, but still not as high as the Vive Pro's 2880×1600 resolution.

Unlike most of the existing room scale VR options available today, the Oculus Rift S doesn't feature cameras places around your room which detect the headset and controllers. The Lenovo Legion gaming team's input has resulted in the Rift S offering "increased comfort, better weight distribution, and improved light blocking", says the Oculus blog. Inside-out tracking has also been built into the revamped Oculus Touch controllers, which should mean more precise hand tracking. The Rift S also only requires a single cable to be plugged into your PC, which should help cut down on potential trip hazards even further. The company states that the headset's resolution is 1600 x 1440 per eye on an OLED display with a refresh rate of 72 Hz.

It also sports the same integrated audio system as the untethered Oculus Quest and entry-level Oculus Go, and includes a headphone jack so users can hook up their favorite pair of cans.

As TechCrunch reports, the new Rift S comes with a "slightly larger" field-of-view than the Rift, which should improve the VR experience. In addition, the company has announced the Oculus Quest, which is the brand's upcoming standalone VR headset.

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