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The New Oculus Rift S Stops Short Of Being Truly Exciting

The New Oculus Rift S Stops Short Of Being Truly Exciting

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. The biggest change is a switch from external tracking stations to the Oculus Insight inside-out tracking originally developed for the Oculus Quest, meaning that there's no longer a need to set up external hardware: The headset, motion-tracking hand controllers, and a suitably beefy PC is all anyone needs to get started. In the blog post announcing the new headset, Facebook says Rift owners will be able to take advantage of continued software updates.

The Oculus Rift S and its predecessor still share the same core platform, which means users can access VR content created for either of the headsets.

While the Oculus Quest was announced previous year, it's going on sale at the same time as the Oculus Rift S: "spring 2019" according to Oculus.

The Rift S also has a higher resolution display crammed inside it, too: 1280×1440 per eye for a total of 2560×1440. As a comparison, the display on the original Rift headset has a resolution of 1080 x 1200 per eye.

Because of its collaboration with Lenovo, Oculus VR has managed to develop a headset with a better weight distribution and a more convenient head strap, the company said.

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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.

As TechCrunch reports, the new Rift S comes with a "slightly larger" field-of-view than the Rift, which should improve the VR experience. In addition, there has been a shift from the OLED panels used in the original Rift to LCD on the Rift S.

The tethered headset is launching in Spring 2019 for $399.

When the Oculus Rift came out in 2016, it elevated the standard of virtual reality gaming and brought a mainstream focus to the idea. 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.

It also sports the same integrated audio system as the untethered Oculus Quest and entry-level Oculus Go, and includes a headphone jack so users can hook up their favorite pair of cans.

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