The world of virtual reality is constantly changing and evolving , with all of the major players looking to innovate on the hardware to become the number one platform. Oculus is making another big move, this time in the PC-based virtual reality space with the introduction of the Oculus Rift S.
Facebook-owned Oculus was clear that this isn’t the Oculus Rift 2, hence the use of S in the name. Instead, the company says that this isn’t a sequel to the Rift, but rather, it’s a replacement. The company also pointed out that the Rift and Rift S share the same core platform, which means current Rift owners will be able to take advantage of updates and new games.
Oculus Rift S Features and Specs
The main feature that separates the Rift S from the previous version is the built-in inside-out tracking. The company calls the technology Oculus Insight. Instead of needing external sensors to detect the movement of the headset, the Rift S features five cameras on the device itself that keeps track of movement. Oculus says the headset should feature room-scale movement in any lit indoor space.
Another exciting change coming to the Rift S is the resolution. Each eye is bumped to 1,280 × 1,440 (2,560 × 1,440 total). Since this is the VR headset designed for high-end gaming experiences, any bump in resolution can be a big deal.
Oculus says that it partnered with Lenovo to design the new Rift, and the two companies designed the S to feature increased comfort, better weight distribution, and improved light blocking. It also gets a single cable tether, making it a less cluttered experience. Like the Oculus Quest and Oculus Go, the Rift S features built-in audio and a headphone jack.
The last tweak is called PassThrough+, which gives the headset a true stereo-correct passthrough feature. If you need to see outside of the headset into the real world, this feature will come in handy.
Oculus Rift S Price and Release Date
Oculus’ new headset will be available in the Spring of 2019. It comes with a price tag of $399. The current model of the Rift sells for $349, so in spite of the huge improvements, the price hasn’t gone up dramatically.
Of course, because this is the PC-based platform, you’ll also need a powerful gaming PC that can handle virtual reality.