Facebook announces the Oculus Rift S PC VR headset

Facebook announces the Oculus Rift S PC VR headset

Facebook announces the Oculus Rift S PC VR headset

Apparently, launching one VR headset this spring isn't enough for the folks at Oculus.

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. From the description in the review it seems they have done so very successfully, with location tracking improving as opposed to degrading due to that change. From the looks of things, though, the new Touch controllers will be included with the headset, so fingers crossed they won't bump up the final cost when it eventually launches.

Oculus announced the Oculus Rift S earlier today during GDC 2019.

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. As a comparison, the display on the original Rift headset has a resolution of 1080 x 1200 per eye. The Rift S now features five separate sensors on the headset which makes up its Oculus Insight, and enables free-roaming room scale VR gaming, while the Quest has four.

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Statistics suggest that Sony's VR headset has the dominant market share with about 43% of all headsets bought to work with the PlayStation 4 console.

The Rift S also has a higher resolution display crammed inside it, too: 1280×1440 per eye for a total of 2560×1440.

Oculus starts off its announcement by confirming that the Rift S will use the Oculus platform - hardly a surprise, but it does mean that it'll have an extensive library of games and apps on launch day. Oculus has also confirmed the first Rift is going to continue to get software updates, even though it's now been effectively replaced by the Rift S. It also supports plugging your own headphones into the headset, rather than needing to use the integrated headphones.

I marveled at the planets in the nebulous skies of Asgard as I crossed a rainbow bridge and noticed tons of gory detail as I battled a Kraken in a violent ocean, though I can't definitively say how much better the fidelity is compared to what you'd get on a standard Rift.

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