Facebook announces the Oculus Rift S PC VR headset

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Unlike the earlier model, the Rift S does not require external tracking sensors but uses five onboard cameras, two at the front, one on each side and one at the top.

Credit: OculusWhat sets this upcoming VR headset apart is that it combines the gaming focus and Insight motion tracking of the Rift S and the self-contained, wireless design and app controls of the Go. The Oculus Rift S features a brand new "halo" head strap which is created to fit the head more comfortably and allow longer stretches of gaming.

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Oculus says it has collaborated with electronics giant Lenovo to develop the Oculus Rift S. The Rift S isn't quite a major upgrade over the previous headset but aims to offer a higher quality VR experience and better ergonomics.

It is also worth noting the Oculus Rift S is "backward compatible' with content created for the regular Rift".

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The Oculus Rift S is built using the Rift platform and will launch this spring for $399 United States dollars, bringing higher resolution via improved optics and display technology, delivering a better image with higher pixel density.

The display and audio decisions are interesting, and we can't wait to test the Rift S to see if Oculus has cut corners like the specs suggest.

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Oculus further explained: "Using computer vision algorithms, Oculus Insight captures, traces, and navigates physical spaces in real time". Created to be light, it also features integrated headphones with spatial audio and smart assistant-capable dual microphones. The Rift S was developed in partnership with Lenovo, which receives substantial billing on the new hardware.

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.

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And all in all, it looks like a neat upgrade to the old Rift. Will you be swayed by the Rift S? . We don't have specific details on field of view or lenses yet, so we don't know if the Rift S does away with god rays, or strives for increased immersion. That means you will get a 3.5mm headphone jack to allow the use of third-party headphones.

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