Published: Sat, March 23, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

The Oculus Rift S Comes out This Spring and Costs $399

The Oculus Rift S Comes out This Spring and Costs $399

The Game Developers Conference is now ongoing till March 22, and one of the announcements made during this conference is the new VR headset - Oculus Rift S. That also means that the full existing game library will work on the new headset and new titles will continue to work on the original Rift model. Oculus said the Rift S was co-designed by Lenovo Group Ltd., which has sold its own VR headsets in the past. With a release date of "Spring 2019" Dead and Buried II is going to be a launch title for both headsets by the looks of it.

Over the past month or so, we've been hearing a lot of rumblings about an alleged new VR headset being developed by Oculus.

Individual eye lenses get a boost from 1,080 x 1,200 pixels to 1,280 x 1,440 pixels compared with the original Rift.

According to Oculus, it collaborated with Lenovo to refine the Rift S' hardware using with feedback from the Lenovo Legion gaming community. There may very well be a surge in second-hand original Oculus Rift headsets being sold through auction sites and the likes.

Credit: Tom's GuideThe cheapest headset Oculus offers is the Oculus Go.

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The Verge reports that Facebook will begin to phase out the original Rift when the Rift S launches. Many VR Headsets including Google Lens and GearVR were available before but, Oculus Rift was the first ever to pack up all essential things for new er of VR world. The new design is among the most comfortable I've felt, with better weight distribution, light blocking, and ease of use.

Unlike the Oculus Quest, the Rift S will still need to be plugged into a decently-powered PC to push virtual worlds and environments to the wearer's peepers.

Finally, the Rift S will feature a "stereo-correct passthrough feature" called Passthrough+.

The Oculus Rift S uses "Oculus Insight" tracking to catch every movement you make without the need for external sensors. The device requires to be connected to a PC running Windows 10 for it to function.

The resolution of the display is 2560 x 1440 resolution, that's 1280 x 1440 per eye.

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