Facebook announces Oculus Rift S PC VR HMD

Oculus's flagship VR HMD gets an upgrade with Facebook revealing the new Oculus Rift S at GDC 2019.

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The next wave of PC-tethered VR is coming soon! During GDC 2019, Facebook announced the Oculus Rift S, which is a much needed update on the original Rift headset. The Rift S switches from external sensors to Oculus Insight tracking tech, increases the resolution, upgrades the HMD comfort levels, and more all for $399. The Oculus Rift S will launch in spring 2019.

The Oculus Rift S will work with the existing Rift library, with major releases like Asgard's Wrath and Stormland on the way this year, and will likely be able to access SteamVR like the original model as well. The wireless Oculus Quest, for reference, won't have access to the full Rift library when it launches this spring. The Oculus Rift S technical specs and features are as follows (resolution and refresh rate sourced from UploadVR):

  • 2560x1440 resolution
  • 80Hz refresh rate
  • Insight inside-out tracking via 5 cameras
  • Passthrough+, which allows you to see the real world around you without removing the VR HMD
  • Enhance design via Lenovo for improved comfort

We'll have to get our hands on one of the devices before we can really offer an informed impression, but it looks like Oculus Rift S could be the ideal PC-tethered VR experience for those that don't want to fool around with multiple sensors and the additional wire management that comes with it. While the room will have to be well lit to utilize the tracking, the Oculus Insight system is a significant improvement. That same system is what will power the tracking in the wireless Oculus Quest, as well.

Oculus Rift S announced GDC 2019 Facebook pc tethered VR virtual reality

Coming in at $399, which is only $50 more than the standard Rift, the Oculus Rift S isn't breaking the ban either. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional GDC 2019 coverage and some hands-on with the new VR headset.

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