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Facebook’s Head Of VR Product: ‘New Tech’ Soon For Rift, ‘Surprises’ At GDC

February 11, 2019 / IAN HAMILTON

Oculus co-founder and Head Of VR Product Nate Mitchell promises big reveals in the coming months.We reported last week references to a “Rift S” listed in Oculus code with on-board cameras and software-based adjustment for tuning the headset to each user’s eyeballs. Rift S might be priced lower than the original PC-powered Rift. The Rift dropped in price from $600 to $350 over the last three years. As Microsoft showed, though, lower cost PC-powered headsets are possible.Rift S is still unconfirmed. Meanwhile, Facebook is in the final weeks of preparation for the launch of its standalone $400 Oculus Quest VR system. We expect Quest to be the focus of Facebook’s reveals at the Game Developers Conference from March 18-22.Mitchell, however, promises “some surprises in store” as well. The post mentions “we continue to ship software improvements to Rift on a steady basis, incorporating your feedback to level up our existing hardware while developing n...