Now that the curtain is pulled back on the Oculus Rift S fully, we’re starting to get more details about the upcoming PC VR headset. We know that the Oculus Rift S is available for pre-order already (but they’re selling out pretty fast) and we know it releases on May 21, along with the Oculus Quest. But until today we didn’t know what the headset would come bundled with. Now we do.
According to a Facebook spokesperson we talked to at the F8 developer conference today, the Oculus Rift S will come bundled with copies of VR painting app, Quill, and 3D sculpting app, Medium. Both programs are created by Oculus. Quill in particular was used to create Dear Angelica, a beautifully rendered VR short available on Rift and Go that tells an emotional story from the point of view of a young girl. It’s also been used in the development of Wolves in the Walls.
Notably, no games will come bundled with the Oculus Rift S. Back when the original Rift launched it included access to games like Lucky’s Tale, EVE Valkyrie, and launched free apps like Farlands. When Touch came out they included games like VR Sports Challenge, The Unspoken, and Robo Recall. There was even a dedicated Marvel Powers United VR bundle for Rift + Touch.
Releasing the Rift S without any games seems odd. However, it’s worth noting that three years later there are a lot of free games and demos on Oculus Home and Steam so you have plenty of things at your fingertips to download and play when you get a new headset, regardless of what’s bundled.