Facebook Unveils Upgraded Oculus Rift S VR Headset

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Facebook and Oculus announced the Oculus Rift S, a follow up to their Oculus Rift headset in 2016.

One of the most interesting features of the Oculus Rift S is the inclusion of onboard room tracking, meaning that you won't need to purchase an expensive set of external cameras to track your movements or the room you're in. For audio, the Rift S includes a headphone jack and near-ear speakers. And while the Rift S is slightly heavier than the original Rift, the new Lenovo design is reportedly easier to wear for longer periods. The Chinese tech giant has co-designed the Rift S, which brings increased comfort, better weight distribution, and improved light blocking, as well as a single-cable system for a clutter-free experience. While the Rift S offers a 1,280 x 1,440 pixels per eye, the HP Reverb offers a much higher 2,160 x 2,160 pixels per eye resolution with an impressive 114-degree field of view.

Oculus Rift S will be launched this spring for $399, Facebook said.

Individual eye lenses get a boost from 1,080 x 1,200 pixels to 1,280 x 1,440 pixels compared with the original Rift.

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It's been nearly three years since the original Oculus Rift CV1 launched to much acclaim.

Last year Oculus previewed an updated stand-alone headset called the Quest that shares some of the technology found in the Rift S. The Quest is also expected to be released before the summer.

"We're also enabling a true stereo-correct passthrough feature, Passthrough+".

Nate Mitchell who is Vice-President of Oculus product, he mentioned that the headset would also use an improved and very unusual feature named 'pass-through video system, ' this would allow users to map out their gaming space without even taking the headset off. "Games on Rift have never looked better", the company boasts, again without getting too specific about what to expect. Would you replace your current VR headset for the new offering from Oculus? Still, the company is sharing enough information today to pique our interest, so let's dive into what we know. Will you be swayed by the Rift S? .

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