- Rift Insight eliminates the need for external tracking cameras
- Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest rely on inside-out tracking technology
- Oculus Quest also allows lens spacing adjustment for more comfort
At long last, Oculus has finally shed some details about the market availability and pricing of its latest VR offerings – the Oculus Quest and the Oculus Rift S VR headsets. The Facebook-owned VR technology company has officially announced that the shipments of the Oculus Quest and the Oculus Rift S will begin on May 21. Both the VR headsets – which primarily differ on the basis of their dependence on connected hardware – are now up for pre-order from the Oculus website and will come with native support for Oculus Insight, the company’s own computer vision technology that enables inside-out tracking.
In an official blog post, Oculus revealed that the Oculus Rift S and the Oculus Quest will each cost $399 (roughly Rs. 27,700). The company will also offer the Oculus Quest Travel Case separately priced at $40 (roughly Rs. 2,800), however, more accessories for the two VR headsets will arrive soon.
As for availability, the Oculus Quest S can be pre-ordered from the Oculus website, alongside Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Walmart, and GameStop in the US. In the UK and EU countries, potential buyers will be served Curry PC World, FNAC, and MediaMarkt among other partners, while its availability in Japan will be handled by Amazon.
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).
Talking about the Oculus Rift S, it is up for pre-order from the Oculus website and can also be purchased from partners including Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Store, Curry PC World, FNAC, and MediaMarkt among others. However, availability from retail partners will differ from region to region. The Oculus Rift S, which was unveiled last month, packs a high-resolution (2560×1440 pixels) display with improved Fresnel lenses and a refresh rate of 80Hz.