Facebook's Oculus was one of the pioneers with respect to modern virtual reality (VR) headsets with the original Rift, and now the company is ready to deliver an evolutionary successor in the form of the Rift S. The Oculus Rift S represents a mixed bag on the specs front compared to its predecessor and was developed in conjunction with Lenovo.
The Oculus Rift S is an improved version of the original Oculus Rift, and features higher pixel density, which should lead to a crisper image for players.
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.
Currently, the Rift S is planned to launch in "Spring 2019" for $399.
Both the Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift S will rely on the Rift platform.
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Details on the Rift S are still fairly slim. Apart from internal sensors, the HMD has five inside-out tracking sensors to track the new Touch controllers and let users observe their surroundings without taking off the HMD.
The new Rift headset is trading out the OLED panels from previous models for the LCD panels used in the Oculus Go, resulting in a mild resolution increase - from 1,080 x 1,200 to 1,280 x 1,440. Or you can just use the feature to see and then grab a drink between levels of your favourite VR game.
As TechCrunch reports, the new Rift S comes with a "slightly larger" field-of-view than the Rift, which should improve the VR experience.
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It also sports the same integrated audio system as the untethered Oculus Quest and entry-level Oculus Go, and includes a headphone jack so users can hook up their favorite pair of cans. The all-black headset now adorns a Lenovo logo on the side, as the company helped Oculus optimize the device's comfort and weight distribution.
Initial reviews of the Rift S are tepid.
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