There were reports recently that Facebook-owned Oculus might launch a new virtual reality headset and it has done just that today. The company announced its Oculus Rift S virtual reality headset at the Game Developers Conference today. The new headset costs $399 and will be available for purchase this spring.
The price tag gets a $50 increase compared to the headset’s predecessor. Some improvements have obviously been made. They include enhanced resolution as well as the same integrated audio system that’s present on the Quest. The OLED panels in the Oculus Rift S provide 1280×1440 resolution but the refresh rate is going down from 90Hz to 80z.
According to reports, the field of view on this new headset is slightly larger than the earlier model as well. Much like the Oculus Quest, the Oculus Rift S will come with Touch controllers out of the box. It features five tracking cameras as well so users can look at their surroundings without having to take the headset off through a feature called Passthrough+.
Oculus says that it worked with Lenovo on the redesign for this headset which has helped improve comfort, light blocking, and weight distribution. As always, a PC capable enough to power the virtual reality headset will still be required.