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Oculus Quest and Rift S Headsets Now Shipping, starting at $399

Oculus Quest and Rift S Headsets Now Shipping, starting at $399

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Staff Writer

Today marks a huge day for the team at Oculus, as the company is finally launching two of its highly-anticipated VR headsets, the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S, which are both now available to purchase and shipping out to consumers.

The Oculus Quest is the company’s first standalone VR headset that offers six degrees of freedom (6DoF) tracking, which means that the headset will allow users to fully, immerse themselves in the virtual world accurately tracked and untethered without the need for external sensors or rely on a PC to run. It also boasts an OLED panel with a 72Hz refresh rate, 2880×1600 total resolution (1440×1600 per eye), and offers built-in positional audio. Oculus Quest comes in at two price points, depending on the storage size—$399 for 64GB, and $499 for 128GB, both of which are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.

“With all-in-one, fully immersive 6DOF VR, we’re bringing the magic of presence to more people than ever before—and we’re doing it with the freedom of fully untethered movement,” Oculus said in a blog post. “[…] Combined, the addition of Quest and Rift S to our hardware portfolio will help developers usher in the next level of VR gaming.”

As for the Rift S, the new flagship PC-powered VR headset replaces the original Rift and improves upon the previous hardware with better Fresnel lenses and a fast-switch LCD display for optics designed to reduce glare and screen door effect to deliver greater clarity for a more immersive experience overall. The Rift S sports a total resolution of 2560×1440 (1280×1440 per eye), which Oculus boasts it equates to 42 percent more pixels over its predecessor.

Along with its new Lenovo-designed halo-style headband for better ergonomics and comfort, the Rift S also features five built-in cameras on the headset that enable inside-out tracking, for a full room-scale virtual reality experience without the external sensors, much like Oculus Quest.

Both the Rift S and Quest headset are available at oculus.com, as well as through retail partners like AmazonBest BuyNeweggWalmart, and GameStop in the US, and Currys PC WorldFNACMediaMarkt in the UK and EU; and Amazon in Japan. Also, available to purchase are accessories like in-ear headphones and a custom travel case here.