(Pocket-lint) - Oculus VR’s next-generation Rift headset is expected to be called Rift S.
Upload VR found new filenames in Oculus’ PC application and claimed setting options in a new version of the user interface code also suggest that the device will have built-in cameras, eliminating the need for external tracking cameras, which the current Rift requires. This all aligns with previous reporting from TechCrunch, which once suggested the new Rift S will have inside-out tracking.
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, and as an added bonus, the VR headset becomes more portable. If you’ve used older VR headsets, you’re familiar with the hassle of setting them up, which has always made bringing them to a friend's house more annoying than fun.
The Oculus Rift S would avoid all that, by housing the cameras and sensors inside the VR headset itself. But that doesn't mean it'll be totally wireless. It may still need to be hooked to a PC for processing power. As a reminder, Oculus is also expected to release the 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.
Oculus has been saying it'll give an update on the next Rift headset in 2019. Well, 2019 is finally here, so hopefully we'll learn more soon.