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Oculus Rift S headset announced with higher-res OLED displays

Oculus Rift S headset announced with higher-res OLED displays

After dropping the Oculus Go previous year, Facebook's Oculus division has finally unveiled Oculus Rift S, the successor to its flagship virtual reality headset, and exclusively for use with PC.

Oculus has partnered with Lenovo for the Rift S, and the VR headset features branding from both companies.

Oculus is promising a feature called Passthrough Plus, that will allow gamers to see the world around them in black-and-white without removing their headsets at all.

The Rift S features Oculus Insight, the firm's state-of-the-art inside-out tracking technology. A key difference between the Rift and the new S variant is that the new model uses a single display, instead of individual displays for each eye.

Oculus further explained: "Using computer vision algorithms, Oculus Insight captures, traces, and navigates physical spaces in real time".

According to Oculus, it collaborated with Lenovo to refine the Rift S' hardware using with feedback from the Lenovo Legion gaming community. 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.

Image credit Oculus
Image credit Oculus

For the starting price of $399 (likely £399) you get the headset, two Touch wireless controllers, two sensors to keep track of your movements via infrared signals, plus a bundle of free VR experiences and games that you can access once you've set up the Rift S.

"This is out-of-the-box room scale", Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell said as he gestured to the Oculus Rift S, the new PC-focused VR headset launching "this spring" for $399. When asked about where wireless fits into their plans, Oculus Studios boss Jason Rubin told IGN that no official first-party wireless adapter is now in the works, and that if they had chosen to go wireless, it would've either driven the price up - Oculus calls $399 the "sweet spot" - or they would've had to sacrifice screen resolution. "It utilizes core Oculus runtime advancements, including ASW, to produce a comfortable experience with minimal depth disparity or performance impact", Oculus wrote.

The new 2019 Oculus line-up is therefore a choice between the Quest and the Rift S, depending on whether you have (or want to buy) a reasonably high-end PC or not.

Not to forget, another big improvement that Rift S has brought to the tablet is the 2560 x 1440 display which equivalent to 1280 x 1440 per eye.

Owners of the regular Rift will also benefit from this new release.

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