Oculus Rift S beefs up tracking and resolution for sleeker VR

Rift S gives gamers and tech enthusiasts access to the most immersive content that VR has to offer

Rift S gives gamers and tech enthusiasts access to the most immersive content that VR has to offer

Three years ago, Oculus and HTC launched their first VR headsets and kicked off... the slow, gradual rise of VR technology in gaming?

Rift S features the same integrated audio system as Oculus Quest and Oculus Go, with a headphone jack that lets one use their own favourite headphones. That means you won't need Oculus' £60 sensors anymore to achieve room-scale VR, as the headset will be able to track your movements by looking at the room directly. As a comparison, the display on the original Rift headset has a resolution of 1080 x 1200 per eye.

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The Oculus Rift S and its ancestor still offer a similar core platform, which implies users can get to VR content made for both of the headsets. It is explained that using computer vision algorithms, "Oculus Insight captures, traces, and navigates physical spaces in real time". The Oculus Rift S will come packaged with two Oculus Touch controllers and will run gamers $399, striking what the studio hopes will be a "sweet spot" of affordability for VR enthusiasts. But Oculus promised it was working on a successor to the original Rift from 2016, so here it is: the Oculus Rift S.

The flagship Oculus Rift headset is getting a bit of an upgrade, and it will be at a price most players can afford. There are five sensors within the headset to make this possible, and Oculus Touch controllers work alongside the Rift S.

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Lenovo worked closely with Oculus on the headset design. The Oculus Rift S features a brand new "halo" head strap which is created to fit the head more comfortably and allow longer stretches of gaming.

Oculus will also enable cross-buy and cross-play features, enabling users to upgrade their hardware and still have their library accessible as it is. The display is a single fast-switch LCD with digital IPD adjust, featuring 1280×1440 per eye resolution (2560×1440 total) at 80hz. In its blog post, the company also announced that the Rift S will be $399 and will launch in Spring 2019, so you should be expecting its availability very soon.

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