Oculus unveils the Rift S VR headset with higher-res OLED displays

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

Oculus said it developed the Oculus Rift S with the help of Lenovo, which aided in improving upon the original design, while also allowing for Oculus to manufacture the headset faster.

The Rift S requires a PC connection to power its higher-resolution graphics, unlike the less-powerful wireless Oculus Quest, which is also going on sale this spring at $399.

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. It weighs a tad more than the original Rift but is "better balanced", weight-wise, according to Oculus. Indeed, the display panels got an upgrade to 1280×1440 resolution per panel, or 2560×1440 total, at 80 Hz.

The Rift S and Quest headsets will launch sometime in Spring 2019 for $400.

Oculus is additionally bringing another component called Passthrough Plus to the Rift S platform. New Touch controllers are also included in this model. However, the new headset will not be compatible with previous Oculus sensors so the set will be completely reliant on its built-in cameras for tracking. It is explained that using computer vision algorithms, "Oculus Insight captures, traces, and navigates physical spaces in real time".

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The design of the headset has also changed, as the Rift S has been made in partnership with Lenovo which has already tried its hand at VR headsets.

Passthrough+ has been introduced to provide a true stereo-correct visual passthrough feature to the headset. 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).

Oculus stated that the headset "grants gamers and tech fans exclusive access to the most immersive experience that VR has to offer".

On the bright side, the Rift S is only $400 (£306), with United Kingdom pricing TBA. We don't have specific details on field of view or lenses yet, so we don't know if the Rift S does away with god rays, or strives for increased immersion.

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