Oculus Rift S VR Headset: An Upgraded Virtual Reality Experience

23 March, 2019, 15:29 | Author: Sharon Yates
  • New Oculus Rift S Won’t Require External Sensors Hits Spring 2019 For $399

It also includes the Oculus' Passthrough+ feature which involved five tracking cameras, which allow gamers to observe real-life surroundings without having to remove the headset.

Credit: OculusWhat sets this upcoming VR headset apart is that it combines the gaming focus and Insight motion tracking of the Rift S and the self-contained, wireless design and app controls of the Go.

The audio is also self-contained, built into the padded strap for convenience but not necessary if you prefer to use your own headphones; the headset has a 3.5mm jack made just for that objective.

Rift S was designed in cooperation with Lenovo, and this partnership was forged to provide higher-resolution graphics for PC gaming. The Rift S also switches from OLED to LCD, with the refresh rate dropping from 90hz on the Rift to 80hz. The Rift S includes new controllers, similar to those that come with the Quest.

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Oculus's flagship VR HMD gets an upgrade with Facebook revealing the new Oculus Rift S at GDC 2019.

The Rift and Rift S share the same core platform, meaning that, via software updates, Rift owners will also have access to games developed with the Rift S in mind. The current Oculus Rift will no longer be manufactured and the company believes the existing stock will soon be sold out. The new head mounted display (HMD) features an inside-out tracking and does not require any external sensors.

The Oculus Rift S will launch this spring for $399. There is also Passthrough+, which is a new feature on the Oculus Rift S that acts as a passthrough to see the outside world and help keep you in the game and maximizes the available space you have. Created to be light, it also features integrated headphones with spatial audio and smart assistant-capable dual microphones. Still, the company is sharing enough information today to pique our interest, so let's dive into what we know. For comparison, the old Rift is £350, the HP Reverb is $600 (£452), and the Vive Pro is £800 (and that's just for the headset sans controllers or lighthouses). Would you replace your current VR headset for the new offering from Oculus?

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