Facebook’s new VR headset features higher resolution display, improved optics

Oculus Rift S Headset

And it's sort of underwhelming.

If you're anxious that your PC might not be able to handle the Rift S, you can check out Oculus to check the PC requirements.

Elsewhere, the Rift S bumps the resolution for each eye from 1,080 x 1,200 to 1,280 x 1,440.

The Rift S comes with some improvements to the displays.

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Built on the Rift Platform, the new VR headset combines the built-in Oculus Insight tracking technology with the power of your PC. In a surprising twist, Facebook worked with Lenovo to manufacture the device, speed up production and improve on the original Rift design. According to Oculus, the Chinese company helps deliver better comfort, weight distribution, and light blocking for the new headset. It also supports plugging your own headphones into the headset, rather than needing to use the integrated headphones.

The new model, which goes on sale for $399 sometime in the spring, plays the same games as the original Rift, but adds embedded sensors instead of external cameras for tracking. The tracking technology works without the need for external sensors and allows users to navigate physical spaces in VR in real time. Oculus Insight will also be included in the company's upcoming Quest virtual reality headset.

The redesign of the Oculus Rift started with Oculus partnering up with LenovoTM to design the new look and feel of the Oculus Rift 2. This new device might not pack everything that VR fans wanted - there's no sign of wireless, for example - but the lower introductory price and improved features make a pretty strong case for themselves. And the only change to the controllers was moving the tracking ring slightly so that the cameras on the Rift S could see them better. Will you be swayed by the Rift S? . While it is an upgrade tot he original Rift, it is not necessarily a mandatory upgrade for owners of the first iteration. Speaking of the original hardware, Oculus executives told IGN that the original Rift will be "phased out", so if the original Rift is of interest, you may be able to find good deals on it in the next few months.

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