Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Oculus Rift S beefs up tracking and resolution for sleeker VR

Oculus Rift S beefs up tracking and resolution for sleeker VR

Oculus has also confirmed the first Rift is going to continue to get software updates, even though it's now been effectively replaced by the Rift S.

When it comes to the controllers, the Oculus Rift S' is the same as Oculus Quest, and they'll both work with the original Oculus Rift.

Oculus VR has introduced its new Oculus Rift S virtual reality PC-powered headset.

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. The Rift S also ships with the same redesigned Touch controllers. Instead, you'll be able to rely on internal tracking that combines RGB and infrared sensors.

In terms of specs, the Rift S sports a resolution of 1280 x 1440 per eye (up from 1200 x 1080) and an 80-Hertz refresh rate, and weighs a little more than a pound.

The headset is named the S rather than the Oculus Rift 2 because while it is an across the board improvement, it's not a fundamental shift in the technology.

Reports from reviewers who have tested the kit are quite positive. The current Oculus Rift will no longer be manufactured and the company believes the existing stock will soon be sold out. While the original Oculus Rift was designed in-house, this time around, the team has teamed up with Lenovo to get this headset up and running. Features like room-scale tracking should be much easier to use with the new Rift S compared with the original Rift.

By using inside-out tracking method which the company referred to as the Oculus Insight, there is no need for external sensors as opposed to the original Rift headset.

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. This new device might not pack everything that VR fans wanted - there's no sign of wireless, for example - but the lower introductory price and improved features make a pretty strong case for themselves.

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