Oculus’s RIFT Successor To be Called RIFT S; Will Feature inside-out tracking

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Upload VR found new files in Oculus’ PC application which have revealed the name of the next VR headset to succeed the Oculus Rift, the RIFT S. They also suggest that the device will have built-in cameras, eliminating the need for external trackers. This will apparently be called inside-out tracking, a huge upgrade over the original RIFT 

Rift S

With inside-out tracking, cameras and sensors in the headset allow it to position itself and your body in a virtual space. No more buying external accessories & the headset becomes more portable. This will surely make reinstallations and setup very easy. The Oculus Rift S will do this by housing the cameras and sensors inside the VR headset itself. It’ll not be wireless though. It may still need to be tethered to a PC for the output.

Oculus is also expected to release the stand-alone Quest later this year, which is the company’s first, totally wireless VR headset that doesn’t require a standalone PC to run. So, beyond the original Rift, it looks like you’ll soon have the option to buy: the Oculus Go, a low-end, all-in-one VR headset; the Oculus Quest, a high-end, wireless VR headset, or the Oculus Rift S, a mid-range VR headset that doesn’t rely on external cameras but might still need a PC. 

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Oculus has been saying it’ll provide an update on the next Rift headset in 2019. Well, 2019 is finally here, so might be it.

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  1. As much as this article was informative, the Oculus quest is consider mid range wireless headset and the Oculus rift S will be a high end headset. You can’t have a high end headset if it’s wireless. A little bit more time looking over the facts would’ve made this article better.


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