Oculus Debuts $400 Rift S Wireless VR Headset

Sheri Evans
March 22, 2019

In terms of specs, the Rift S sports a resolution of 1280 x 1440 per eye (up from 1200 x 1080) and an 80-Hertz refresh rate, and weighs a little more than a pound. The company's Rift S is its new VR headset part of the Rift lineup, and it introduces some major changes.

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. Their nip and tuck alterations have also resulted in a new headband for the Rift S, which features a new halo-dial design not unlike the PSVR's headband.

Supporting both Oculus Quest and Rift, no release window has been confirmed for Journey of the Gods, and whether it'll be available for Quest's launch this Spring.

Instead of cameras, the Rift S has five built-in sensors that work out how a user is moving and adjust the scene they are seeing. In a generational update, it has a higher-resolution screen when compared to the original Oculus Rift.

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After dropping the Oculus Go a year ago, Facebook's Oculus division has finally unveiled Oculus Rift S, the successor to its flagship virtual reality headset, and exclusively for use with PC. Oculus says Lenovo co-designed the Rift S for "increased comfort, better weight distribution, and improved light blocking".

Users can benefit from a single-cable system for a clutter free experience with Oculus Rift S. Additionally there's a headphone jack so you can use your own favourite headphones with the Rift S.

The Oculus Rift S uses "Oculus Insight" tracking to catch every movement you make without the need for external sensors. You're still getting the same Oculus Touch controllers that ship with the original model, allowing you to dive right into games and creative apps right out of the box. And while the Rift S is slightly heavier than the original Rift, the new Lenovo design is reportedly easier to wear for longer periods.

Between the departure of former CEO Brendan Iribe and Oculus' recent focus on standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Go and the forthcoming Oculus Quest, it sort of felt like the company's PC roots were being left behind.

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