Published: Sun, March 24, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Facebook announces the Oculus Rift S PC VR headset

Facebook announces the Oculus Rift S PC VR headset

Oculus is announcing their new Oculus Rift S VR headset, developed in collaboration with Lenovo.

Last year Oculus previewed an updated stand-alone headset called the Quest that shares some of the technology found in the Rift S. The Quest is also expected to be released before the summer.

In addition, the Rift S will not require external tracking sensors. 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 stated that the headset "grants gamers and tech fans exclusive access to the most immersive experience that VR has to offer".

The headset will ship with Touch controllers, but the on-ear headphones have been replaced by near-ear speakers (or you can plug in your own). Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional GDC 2019 coverage and some hands-on with the new VR headset. Speaking of the original hardware, Oculus executives told IGN that the original Rift will be "phased out", so if the original Rift is of interest, you may be able to find good deals on it in the next few months.

The Rift S is an upgrade over the original Rift, and you'll be getting a higher resolution display with improved fresnel lenses and higher pixel density, along with better optics. This includes a higher resolution display, front facing cameras, room-scale tracking out of the box and a few other less obvious improvements.

Rift S users can play current VR titles that run on the Rift platform. 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. It ditches external sensors to provide a simpler virtual reality experience, and when combined with a comfortable design and an affordable price tag, the Oculus Rift S could take the title of best VR headset when it launches this Spring. A physical controller is included (albeit a more simplistic version than the one that comes with the Rift), and the Go can also use an app and inline buttons to control its functions too.

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