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Oculus Rift S Improves on the VR Headset That Defined a Generation

Oculus Rift S Improves on the VR Headset That Defined a Generation

Oculus VR intends to start selling the Oculus Rift S VR headset this spring at a price of $399. The new implementation is rather impressive, a single wire connects you to your PC and there are now no external cameras, instead they have been relocated to the headset itself.

All Oculus Quest games can be played on the Oculus Rift S too, should casual gamers want to upgrade to a more advanced bit of hardware in the future.

After dropping the Oculus Go past year, Facebook's Oculus division has finally unveiled Oculus Rift S, the successor to its flagship virtual reality headset, and exclusively for use with PC. While the original Oculus Rift was designed in-house, this time around, the team has teamed up with Lenovo to get this headset up and running. The new head mounted display (HMD) features an inside-out tracking and does not require any external sensors. The company does not disclose resolution of the new HMD officially, but there are claims that the device uses a 5.5-inch display panel with a 2560×1440 (538 ppi, 1280×1440 per eye) resolution and an 80 Hz refresh rate, which is also found inside the Oculus Go.

Because the Rift and Rift S use the same store, you shouldn't expect exclusives, but it looks to be the better version of an existing product - think the PS4 Pro compared to the standard PS4 system. Even though PC specification requirements are largely the same as with the original Rift, you might need a faster CPU. According to Oculus, the Chinese company helps deliver better comfort, weight distribution, and light blocking for the new headset.

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Other changes include replacing the on-ear headphones of its predecessor with speakers positioned near your ear, a slightly larger field-of-view, no manual adjustment of distance between your eyes (IPD), a PlayStation VR-esque design instead of a flexible strap, and one display instead of two. It doesn't come with on-ear headphones, however.

We're also enabling a true stereo-correct passthrough feature, Passthrough+.

The device costs the same as the Oculus Quest, a standalone VR headset unveiled previous year.