Finally, Oculus Quest and Rift S have an official release date: was announced during the F8 conference in San Jose, the company confirmed that the two VR headsets will be available in all major markets starting May 21, which can be now availed via active pre-orders right away.
The new Oculus Rift S features an inside-out tracking which eliminates the need for any external sensors. The Rift S also offers a higher-resolution screen compared to its predecessor. Oculus has announced that the Rift S head-mounted display will ship this Spring at a price of $399.
Oculus revealed that the Oculus Quest will cost $399, the company will also offer the Oculus Quest Travel Case separately priced at $40, however, more accessories for the two VR headsets will arrive soon.
Oculus Quest S can be pre-ordered from the Amazon.com in the US, priced at $399 for the 64GB variant, while the 128GB version costs $499. While the Oculus Rift S, on the other hand, priced at $399 and it is also now available to pre-order on Amazon and both items will be released on May 21, 2019.
Oculus has announced that the Snapdragon-835 powered Oculus Quest will have support for over 50 titles upon its market availability and will also come pre-installed with five preview demos of games, which include Beat Saber, Creed, Journey of the Gods, Space Pirate Trainer, and Sports Scramble. As for the device itself, the Oculus Quest was announced back in September last year and is a standalone, all-in-one VR headset that offers 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF).
Oculus Rift S features a new high-resolution display with improved Fresnel lenses. The display panel offers a resolution of 2560×1440 (1280×1440 per eye) with a refresh rate of 80Hz. For audio, the Rift S includes a headphone jack and near-ear speakers.
It comes with an inside-out tracking system called Oculus Insight. Oculus is also bringing a new feature called Passthrough Plus to the Rift S platform. The feature will enable users to view real-world surroundings as they set up their virtual reality space using the Oculus Guardian tool. Users will be able to switch between the Home Launcher and a real-world feed of their surroundings quickly, thanks to the new inside-out tracking system.