Update: We got an email from Microsoft telling us the date on our pre-order had changed. Funnily enough, though, it changed to today! Oculus, meanwhile, has declined to comment.
Original Story: Yet more retailer listings are coming in for Oculus’ new PC VR headset, Rift S. This time, though, they come with a possible release date.
The Microsoft Store has listed the new device for release on May 21, with pre-orders already up and running. The price is listed, as previously confirmed, at $399. We’ve reached out to Oculus for comment on the listing. We can’t find any other retailers with the same date at the time of writing. This could well be just a placeholder date.
Today sees Oculus parent company Facebook kick off its F8 developer conference. Many are hoping that this will be where the company finally confirms the release date for not just Rift S but also the Oculus Quest standalone headset. F8 is where Facebook launched the Oculus Go headset last year.
Oh and Microsoft isn’t listing Quest because the device won’t run on Windows, so don’t go looking for it.
Rift S is more of a refresh to the original Rift than a true successor. It features inside-out tracking, meaning there’s no need for external sensors. The device now sports a halo ring headstrap and features improved display and revised audio. You’ll still be able to play all of the Rift games you already own inside the new headset. We got our first impressions of the device back at GDC last month. We noted that it made small steps towards VR’s future, though the lack of mechanical IPD adjust is a problem.
F8’s opening keynote kicks off at 10am PT. We’ll be on-site to bring you the latest from the show.