26 October 2020
Oculus at the GDC 2019 event announced a new-generation Rift headset called the Oculus Rift S that brings some new features and improvements. The all-new VR headset from Oculus includes an inside-out tracking which eliminates the need for any external sensors. Also, a higher-resolution screen compared to its predecessor comes as another major improvement. The display panel offers a resolution of 2560x1440 (1280x1440 per eye) with a refresh rate of 80Hz.
The inside-out tracking sensor removes the need to have external cameras for a full-body movement. With the help of this new system, it will be easier for users to switch between the Home Launcher and real-world feed of their surroundings quickly.
Oculus announced during the event that it collaborated with Lenovo to develop the Oculus Rift S which aims to offer higher quality VR experience and better ergonomics as well for good comfort. However, the VR headset shares the same core platform as its predecessor which means users can access VR content created for either of the headsets.
The Rift S includes a headphone jack and near-ear speakers. The Rift S platform also gains a new feature called the Passthrough that enables users to view real-world surroundings as they set up their virtual reality space using the Oculus Guardian tool.
The Oculus Rift S head-mounted display will ship this Spring at $399 with a new halo strap. This means the exact release date isn’t shared but it’s expected to come during Facebook’s F8 developer conference which is scheduled for April 30 this year.