Oculus Rift S VR Launched At GDC 2019 At A Starting Price Of $399

Oculus Rift S VR Launched At GDC 2019 At A Starting Price Of $399

Oculus Rift S VR Launched At GDC 2019 At A Starting Price Of $399

by March 27, 2019

Facebook’s Oculus VR has launched its next-generation Rift virtual reality headset at the GDC 2019. It is priced at $399 which roughly converts to Rs. 27,300.

The new Oculus Rift S features inside-out tracking which means that no external sensors are required. The Rift S sports a higher resolution screen as compared to its predecessors. According to Oculus, the Rift S head-mounted display will go on sale in the spring season. The company has yet not revealed the exact date of the launch.

Oculus has collaborated with Lenovo to develop the Oculus Rift S. It is not a major upgrade over the previous headset but aims to offer a higher quality VR experience. The device will come with better ergonomics as well.

The Oculus Rift S will work on the same platform as the previous variants of Oculus VR. This will enable users to access VR content created for either of the headsets. The specifications and configuration requirements for the PC has also been maintained as the same for the new Rift S as it has been for the original Rift.

Oculus will also offer the cross-buy and cross-play features. This will enable users to upgrade their hardware and still have their library accessible as it is.

Oculus Rift S VR headset sports a high-resolution display with improved Fresnel lenses. The display panel offers a resolution of 2560×1440 which is 1280×1440 per eye. It comes with a refresh rate of 80Hz. The Rift S comes with a headphone jack and near-ear speakers to provide the users a delightful audio experience.

The Rift S is equipped with an inside-out tracking system called Oculus Insight which eliminates the need for external cameras for full-body movement. Oculus Insight will also feature in the upcoming Quest virtual reality headset that will be launched by the company.

Another feature that will be introduct in the Rift S platform is the Passthrough Plus. This will enable users to view real-world surroundings when they use the Oculus Guardian tool to set up their virtual reality arena.

Users will be able to switch between the Home Launcher and a real-world feed seamlessly using the inside-out tracking system.

The Oculus Rift S will feature branding of both Oculus and Lenovo due to its collaboration. The device will ship with a new halo strap. While the company hasn’t specified an exact release date yet, Oculus might launch the Rift S and Quest together during the Facebook’s F8 developer conference which is scheduled to be held on the 30th of April 2019.