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After dropping the Oculus Go last year, Facebook’s Oculus division has finally unveiled Oculus Rift S, the successor to its flagship virtual reality headset, and solely for use with PC. In addition, the company has announced the Oculus Quest, which is the brand’s upcoming standalone VR headset.

As the “S” moniker suggests, the new model designed in partnership with Lenovo, is not quite a “Rift 2,” but does boast a number improvements to the original model. The Rift S now features five separate sensors on the headset which makes up its Oculus Insight, and enables free-roaming room scale VR gaming, while the Quest has four. The Rift S also boasts an updated visual quality with a total resolution of 2560 x 1440 on a fast-switch LCD display with a refresh rate of 80 Hz.

In terms of the Quest’s tech specs, the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with storage options starting at 64 GB. The company states that the headset’s resolution is 1600 x 1440 per eye on an OLED display with a refresh rate of 72 Hz.

Other notable improvements on the Oculus Rift S is an updated head strap, alongside integrated audio on the headset so separate audio devices aren’t required. However, a 3.5mm audio jack still allows you to use your own headphones.

The Rift S will share the same core platform experience as the current Rift, while the Quest’s game library will differ a bit due to the lower tech specs of the standalone headset. However, all Quest games will be playable on the Rift.

Both the Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest are priced at $399 each, and will launch later this spring. Learn more about both VR headsets on the brand’s website now.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

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