Oculus Rift S announced with higher resolution display and built-in tracking

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

The new headset also comes with a built-in inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) Oculus Insight positional tracking (designed for the Oculus Quest) and therefore does not need any external sensors like the original Oculus Rift. For this initial announcement, Oculus seems to only be describing the Rift S is broad strokes, which means that we'll be waiting a little while for precise specifications. The Rift S should improve on this.

The Rift S is the first update to the PC-connected Rift that Oculus has launched since its initial headset debuted at $600 (controllers, when available, originally added $200 to that price). The trade-off here, however, is in refresh rate which drops from 90Hz down to 80Hz, although you do get a slightly larger field of view.

The new Rift headset is trading out the OLED panels from previous models for the LCD panels used in the Oculus Go, resulting in a mild resolution increase - from 1,080 x 1,200 to 1,280 x 1,440.

Just like the original Rift, the S will be tethered to your PC and powered by it.

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Thanks to Oculus' software the Rift, Rift S and Oculus Quest will all feature crossplay compatibility to help populate multiplayer videogames, plus VR titles will be able to offer cross-buy compatibility as well - although developers decide this not Oculus.

Priced at $399 and arriving sometime this spring, the Rift S is a bit like what the Vive Pro is to the regular Vive - a better version of the same headset that still works with all the same games and the same Rift platform as before. It will also have a stereo-correct Passthrough+ feature and rely on a single cable system. With that in mind, we should expect to see it hit shelves at a similar time to the Oculus Quest, at a similar price point.

The redesign of the Oculus Rift started with Oculus partnering up with LenovoTM to design the new look and feel of the Oculus Rift 2. The latest Rift sports five onboard sensors, which are built to make this seamless tracking setup as accurate as possible. Will you be swayed by the Rift S? .

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