Oculus Rift S revealed with inside-out tracking

Oculus Rift S beefs up tracking and resolution for sleeker VR

The headset is a significant improvement over the previous generation, with a new high resolution 2560×1440 screen with improved optics, face slider IPD adjustment, improved ergonomics, and most importantly Inside Out Tracking, like Windows Mixed Reality headsets, meaning you now no longer need beacons and lighthouses. The Oculus Rift S is the newest iteration, offering increased resolution and tracking without external sensors, which should make it the ideal workout headset.

The new Rift hits this spring for $399, Oculus announced Wednesday. See their launch video below.

The Rift S will debut this spring but Facebook did not provide a specific release date today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

In fact, the Rift S already does improve on this, in one critical way - no more external cameras. The trade-off here, however, is in refresh rate which drops from 90Hz down to 80Hz, although you do get a slightly larger field of view.

Oculus said it worked closely with Lenovo to refine the Rift S hardware with feedback from the Lenovo Legion gaming community and Lenovo co-designed the Rift S hardware with Oculus for improved confirmed and better weight distribution.

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I spent some time with the Oculus Rift S playing viking action game Asgard's Wrath as well as the colorful and quirky Vacation Simulator, and the experience was great - if not a bit familiar.

Between the departure of former CEO Brendan Iribe and Oculus' recent focus on standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Go and the forthcoming Oculus Quest, it sort of felt like the company's PC roots were being left behind.

The on-ear headphones have been taken away in favor speakers that are integrated into the headband itself (there is a headphone jack if you want to use your own headphones).

The most noticeable upgrade is the set of lenses up front that allow for the headset's biggest new feature: passthrough+. Apart from internal sensors, the HMD has five inside-out tracking sensors to track the new Touch controllers and let users observe their surroundings without taking off the HMD.

Initial reviews of the Rift S are tepid.

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