A long awaited second generation of Oculus Rift headset for PC has been announced by Facebook at GDC, overhauling the system’s workings with inside-out tracking and improved ergonomics. The Oculus Rift S will be released this spring at a $399 price point (a $50 bump over the original model).
Developed in partnership with Lenovo, the headset will act as a like-for-like replacement to the original model – the system requirements are identical, and it has full software compatibility – but has some meaningful technical changes under the hood. Much like the Oculus Quest, it now features ‘inside-out tracking’, which means an array for forward and side-facing cameras track the world around you instead of relying on external sensors.
The headset has reportedly bumped up the internal resolution to 1280×1440 per eye, but this is unconfirmed. What is confirmed that there’s improved Fresnel lenses, integrated near-ear speakers and the headstrap has taken on a form more like the PlayStation VR.
All in all, it looks like a good, solid improvement on the Oculus Rift headset.
Source: Oculus via Ars