Oculus Rift S coming to PC this spring for $399

Kelley Robertson
March 23, 2019

Oculus has revealed its next-generation VR headset, the Rift S.

The headset is essentially an upgraded version of the standard PC-powered Oculus Rift that offers built-in tracking (wave farewell to those webcams) along with improved optics and display tech to deliver sharper pictures with higher pixel density.

Today at GDC, the Oculus Rift S was announced, bringing some benefits over the original Rift. Using what Oculus calls "computer vision algorithms", the headset itself is able to trace physical spaces in real-time. Here we find out that the headset was developed in partnership with Lenovo too, who co-designed the headset for more comfort, light blocking, and better weight distribution. They also redesigned the Touch controllers, and Rift users can now grab, point and gesture without problems.

In addition, Lenovo was found to have been involved in the development of Oculus Rift S and to have contributed its expertise.

If you don't know what Oculus Rift you have been asleep for two years and 357 days, because that's when VR took over our current society.

It also includes the Oculus' Passthrough+ feature which involved five tracking cameras, which allow gamers to observe real-life surroundings without having to remove the headset. The Oculus Rift S features a brand new "halo" head strap which is created to fit the head more comfortably and allow longer stretches of gaming. The Rift S has a higher-resolution display and self-contained tracking to go with their snazzy new design.

Passthrough+ has been introduced to provide a true stereo-correct visual passthrough feature to the headset. Speaking of the band, it loses its flexible strap in favor of a rigid "halo" design that has the potential to be a bit more comfortable for users.

With both the Oculus Rift S and the Oculus Quest due to launch in the next few months, we've put together a guide to help you understand what each headset is capable of and which might suit you best. It is clearly an upgrade for PC users, and there is no external sensor requirement.

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