The rumors of the last few days have just come true, because Oculus announced at the GDC 2019 the Oculus Rift S. The new edition of the Oculus Rift will be an update to the current generation and not a new generation initiate. Nevertheless, some things have happened.
Oculus Rift S for $ 399 announced
The Oculus Rift S will be equipped with inside-out tracking. So you do not need to set up any trackers or cameras anymore in your home, but you can just leave all the work to the VR glasses. In addition, the VR glasses will of course support trackable controllers, allowing you to naturally interact with the environment. The tracking will work with 5 built-in cameras, allowing for smooth tracking. The controllers seem to be identical to the controllers of the Oculus Quest.
Oculus has also improved the Rift resolution and field of view. The new model has two displays with a total resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels (LCD) and a field of view of 95 degrees. In comparison: The Oculus Rift could only display 2160 × 1200 pixels. Oculus seems to be on the panel of the Oculus Go in the Rift S. However, the refresh rate had to lower Oculus from 90 Hz (Oculus Rift) to 80 Hz.
If you have a very small or very large eye relief, the Oculus Rift S may disappoint you. Oculus does not incorporate any mechanical adjustment for the pupillary distance, which can only be improved by the software. The shielding headphones had to give way. Instead, the sound is coming out of the bar. Similar to the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest.
The Oculus Rift S also gets a new Guardian system donated, which works with the integrated cameras and will even provide a pass-through mode. This is to be corrected according to Oculus by an algorithm to allow a colorless view of the environment.
As the Rift S does not introduce a new generation, all games for the Oculus Rift will also be playable with the Oculus Rift S. Likewise, there will be no exclusive content for the Rift S in the store of Oculus.
Oculus says the Oculus Rift S is expected to hit the market in the spring of 2019 for $ 399. We are very excited about the new product and look forward to a first demonstration.