The New Oculus Rift S Stops Short Of Being Truly Exciting

The New Oculus Rift S Stops Short Of Being Truly Exciting

Lindsey Duncan
March 22, 2019

United Kingdom pricing for the Rift S hasn't yet been confirmed, but Oculus VR has set a USA price of $399 (around £304 excluding taxes) ahead of an unspecified Spring 2019 release date.

Oculus said the headset would go on sale in the US this spring. From the description in the review it seems they have done so very successfully, with location tracking improving as opposed to degrading due to that change.

Oculus are also promising improved light blocking with the Rift S, courtesy of their partnership with Lenovo, who helped design the headset for increased comfort and better weight distribution. The original Oculus Rift and the Oculus Rift S will share the same core platform, enabling owners of both to access VR content developed for either HMD. One thing you won't find on the Rift S though is a dial to adjust interpupillary distance, as Oculus has opted to let users tweak the headset's optics in software.

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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But Oculus promised it was working on a successor to the original Rift from 2016, so here it is: the Oculus Rift S. And it's sort of underwhelming.

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. In addition, there has been a shift from the OLED panels used in the original Rift to LCD on the Rift S.

Facebook, HTC, Microsoft, Magic Leap and many other big tech companies continue to refine their virtual and augmented reality headsets, racing each other to make the devices more powerful and more comfortable. It doesn't come with on-ear headphones, however.

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. Will you be swayed by the Rift S? . The Rift S now features five separate sensors on the headset which makes up its Oculus Insight, and enables free-roaming room scale VR gaming, while the Quest has four.