Oculus has made Rift owners wait for individual Sensors for quite some time now. The headset needs these sensors to support room-scale VR, a feature that’s already supported by the HTC Vive and is often pointed out in its advertisements. These Sensors enable the Rift to provide similar functionality and the Oculus Store has now been updated to enable customers to purchase the Sensors individually.
These Sensors track infrared beacons inside the Oculus Rift headset so that they can track the headset’s position in 3D space. It’s one of the most crucial elements of room-scale virtual reality and fans will certainly be happy to get that on the Rift.
Room scale VR is the ability to move around a pre-defined area without losing head tracking in a virtual reality environment. That’s what enables users to lean in and look at VR objects really closely. Users can place these Sensors at various angles around the space in which they will be using the headset so that they can properly do what they’re supposed to do.
The individual Sensors for Oculus Rift cost $79. They are available for purchase right now via the Oculus Store, orders placed now are expected to ship between December 13th and December 20th. The Oculus Touch controllers will be shipped on December 6th and they will come with one Sensor, customers are free to purchase another on their own to create their own unique VR setup.