Oculus has unveiled the next generation Rift headset, the Oculus Rift S, which comes with a cheaper price point and an overhauled design.
At GDC 2019 Oculus unveiled the Oculus Rift S the next generation headset from the Facebook-owned company. This tethered headset, aside from the overall design shift, features inside-out tracking which removes the need for external sensors. In total it’ll have five sensors one of which provides a much larger tracking area.
The Oculus Rift S will also come with the same controllers announced alongside the Oculus Quest, and will also both be backward compatible with the original Rift. That being said, the controllers which came with the original headset won’t be forward compatible.
It seems as if this new model will be the predecessor of the original Rift as Oculus is planning to phase out their original headset. With the Rift S launching in Spring, it’s likely we’ll be unable to purchase a Rift within the next few months.
As for pricing, the S is set to retail at $399 which is a pretty decent price. What’s more, it’s becoming much cheaper to purchase a VR-ready PC capable of running the Rift so VR is definitely becoming much more accessible.