Oculus Rift S Specs, Price, and Release Window Announced at GDC

In addition to the standalone Oculus Quest, the company announced today that it'll also be launching the Oculus Rift S. The Rift S brings back the tether, meaning you'll need a relatively beefy gaming PC to use it, but in return Oculus promises "access to the most immersive content that VR has to offer". 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 Oculus Rift S launches this spring priced at $399 and ships with updated Oculus Touch controllers.

It launches spring 2019, with a North American retail price of $399 (approximately £300, but United Kingdom price TBA). See their launch video below.

Instead of on-ear headphones of previous iterations, the Rift S features near-ear speakers, but it includes a headphone jack for gamers to plug in their own headphones of choice.

The overall package for the Rift S is strong enough that it would be interesting to know why Brendan Iribe left Facebook last fall.

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Thankfully, like the Oculus Go, the Rift S comes with a new type of lens that helps reduce the flared "god rays" that was often an issue on Oculus' first-gen headset. It won't require a mammoth PC, with a recommended RAM of just 8GB and an Nvidia GTX 1060.

The Rift S also has a higher resolution display crammed inside it, too: 1280×1440 per eye for a total of 2560×1440.

I marveled at the planets in the nebulous skies of Asgard as I crossed a rainbow bridge and noticed tons of gory detail as I battled a Kraken in a violent ocean, though I can't definitively say how much better the fidelity is compared to what you'd get on a standard Rift. In practice this means you won't need to setup external sensors in your room.

It will also feature Oculus Insight: a technology that uses computer vision algorithms to monitor and navigate the physical area around the gamer in real time.

The most noticeable upgrade is the set of lenses up front that allow for the headset's biggest new feature: passthrough+. But, these upgrades don't really add any new features to Oculus' VR capabilities.

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