Facebook Introduces The Oculus Rift S VR Headset

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

Using five sensors built into the HMD, Oculus Insight tracks and maps out physical environments in real-time to preserve immersion for room-scale VR experiences.

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.

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.

Oculus also collaborated with Lenovo to improve the design of the Rift S, ensuring that there are "increased comfort, better weight distribution, and improved light blocking, as well as a simple, single-cable system for a clutter-free experience". Oculus states that the headset's resolution is 1600x1440 per eye on an OLED display with an overall refresh rate of 72 Hz.

United Kingdom pricing for the Rift S hasn't yet been confirmed, but Oculus VR has set a U.S. price of $399 (around £304 excluding taxes) ahead of an unspecified Spring 2019 release date.

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The Rift and Rift S share the same core platform, meaning that, via software updates, Rift owners will also have access to games developed with the Rift S in mind. The feature will enable users to view real-world surroundings as they set up their virtual reality space using the Oculus Guardian tool.

Facebook and Oculus have announced the Oculus Rift S, a follow-up to 2016's Oculus Rift.

It's been nearly three years since the original Oculus Rift CV1 launched to much acclaim. Created to be light, it also features integrated headphones with spatial audio and smart assistant-capable dual microphones.

The original Oculus Rift, which began as a Kickstarter project before Facebook bought it for $2 billion, has arguably helped push VR gaming forward as much as anyone, with titles funded by Oculus Studios, aggressive price drops on the hardware, the introduction of the Touch controllers, and more. "Games on Rift have never looked better", the company boasts, again without getting too specific about what to expect. Will you be getting this to try out some VR? Will you be swayed by the Rift S? . Hopefully, we'll know more after we get a chance to check it out in person.

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