Facebook's Oculus Rift S launched at ₹27,000 at GDC

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The Game Developers Conference is now ongoing till March 22, and one of the announcements made during this conference is the new VR headset - Oculus Rift S.

The Oculus Rift S will be available for $399 and will become officially available this spring.

Called the Oculus Rift S, the virtual reality headset does away with the cameras needed on the original and which tracked users' movements.

Each year, GDC brings together the developers and creators working to push the gaming industry forward, and we're excited to share the next phase of PC VR gaming with all of you.

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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.

To compare with the original model, the new Rift S doesn't have external tracking sensors. The social-media company anticipates that people will use VR to do more than play games - it has created virtual spaces for users to hang out and watch movies together, for example. And thanks to some help from Lenovo, Oculus claims the Rift S will be more comfortable as well, due to improved weight distribution, better light blocking, and a redesigned Halo headband similar to what you get on the PSVR and HP Reverb.

As with Oculus Quest, the Rift S will also ship with Touch controllers. The Quest promises to let you have VR gaming experiences anywhere you wish to take it, although for the price of $399, some may wonder if the Quest will have enough power to justify the $200 premium over the Oculus Go. The headset features a full 5 cameras for as large and reliable tracking as possible. And while the Rift S is slightly heavier than the original Rift, the new Lenovo design is reportedly easier to wear for longer periods. The stripped back Oculus Go, which features 3DOF instead of 6DOF and only tracks one hand instead of two, costs $199. The new set also includes an increased resolution, jumping from 2160×1200 to 2560×1440 which is an increase of around 40%.

The biggest change internally comes in the display, and that's singular: The dual 90Hz OLED panels of the original Rift, which combined for a 2,160 x 1,200 resolution, have been swapped out for a single 80Hz LCD panel with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.

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