Oculus has a new PC VR headset called the Oculus Rift S

New Oculus Rift S Won’t Require External Sensors Hits Spring 2019 For $399

Unlike most of the existing room scale VR options available today, the Oculus Rift S doesn't feature cameras places around your room which detect the headset and controllers. The Oculus Rift S is the newest iteration, offering increased resolution and tracking without external sensors, which should make it the ideal workout headset. "Oculus Touch controllers, redesigned for inside-out tracking, bring familiar hand presence and input so you can grab, point, and gesture through the best of VR", said Oculus, explaining how the tech works. See their launch video below.

The Rift S features Oculus Insight, the firm's state-of-the-art inside-out tracking technology. The new Oculus Rift S features an inside-out tracking which eliminates the need for any external sensors.

As the "S" moniker suggests, the new model designed in partnership with Lenovo, is not quite a "Rift 2", but does boast a number improvements to the original model.

New to the Rift S is OLED displays with higher resolution 2560x1440 px screens.

However, compared to headsets like the Vive Pro or the HP Reverb which sport per eye resolutions of 1440 x 1600 and 2160 x 2160 respectively, the Rift S' per eye resolution of 1280 x 1440 falls a bit short. The field of view is slightly larger too, though the refresh rate actually drops from 90 Hz to 80 Hz. The all-black headset now adorns a Lenovo logo on the side, as the company helped Oculus optimize the device's comfort and weight distribution.

The Rift S also sports built-in audio using speakers integrated into the headset, though if you want, you can still hook up your own headphones using the headset's included 3.5mm jack.

Oculus will also enable cross-buy and cross-play features, enabling users to upgrade their hardware and still have their library accessible as it is. It doesn't come with on-ear headphones, however.

But the Rift S's biggest upgrade is the inclusion of five cameras built into the headset: Two in front, one on either side, and one up top.

The budget Oculus Go is sticking around for now, though it's being framed as a more basic VR content viewer than a serious gaming device.

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