Oculus Unveils $399 Rift S Headset Made With Lenovo

Credit: OculusCredit: OculusOculus today announced a new VR headset, the Rift S. With a higher resolution display, integrated audio and other features, it's meant to improve on replace the original Rift while only raising the price by $50.

This isn't Oculus' first Rift followup--the company announced the Oculus Go in 2017 and revealed the Oculus Quest in 2018--but it's the first to follow in its predecessor's footsteps by relying on a PC instead of a smarphone, like the Go, or standalone VR experience, like the Quest.

Rift S will rely on some of the tech introduced with the Go and Quest. UploadVR reported that the headset uses the same 2560x1440 LCD panel as the Go, which improves on the Rift by offering 40 percent more pixels with three subpixels each instead of two.

The new headset will also use the same lens technology as the Go and the Oculus Insight inside-out tracking, which Oculus announced alongside the Quest in September. However, the Rift S will use five cameras instead of the Quest's four. The controllers are also similar to Oculus Touch, but they've been redesigned to work in tandem with Insight. 

The Rift S also features a new head strap, integrated audio and Passthrough+ technology that Oculus said "utilizes core Oculus runtime advancements, including ASW, to produce a comfortable experience with minimal depth disparity or performance impact."

Introducing Oculus Rift S

The Rift S was co-developed with Lenovo "for increased comfort, better weight distribution and improved light blocking." It's also supposed to offer "a simple, single-cable system for a clutter-free experience," so long as you don't use the headphone jack.

Oculus said the Rift S will be released sometime this spring--just like Quest--with a $399 price tag. That compares well to the original Rift, which settled at $349 after a series of price cuts. (Just remember that you'll also have to supply the PC, of course.)

More information about the headset, and the option to receive an email alert when it's available,is available on Oculus' website. Rift S' system requirements can be found below; you can also download the company's compatibility tool to see if your system is ready to go.

Oculus Rift S System Requirements

Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 470 or greaterNvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
Alternative Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or greaterNvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
CPUIntel Core i3-6100 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 / FX4350 or greaterIntel Core i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
Video OutputDisplayPort 1.2, Mini DisplayPort to Display Port AdapterCompatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports1 x USB 3.03 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
OSWindows 10Windows 10