Oculus Rift S and Quest VR headsets pre-orders go live, shipping 21 May

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If you've been waiting to get your hands on the Oculus Rift S or the Quest, you can pre-order either headset (or both if you're flush with cash) right now, with shipping kicking off on 21 May.

The new headsets are priced at with the Quest the option you want if you don't want to mess with wires, or don't have the PC to run the S. Like the Rift S, it also includes Oculus' redesigned Touch controllers and offers local multiplayer support.

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The Rift S is the natural successor to the original Rift and still requires a PC to power it. Like the Quest, it features the company's new Insight tracking technology offering six-degrees-of-freedom tracking without having to set up basestations or sensors around your designated VR space.

Both also include Oculus' new Passthrough technology to view your surroundings while you've got the headset on, but the Rift S taking things further with Passthrough+ which lets you create a mixed reality-like experience.

Oculus says the Quest will launch with 50 titles, many of which have already featured on the Rift S. Those include Creed: Rise to Glory, Beat Saber and Space Pirate Trainer. The Rift S will work with existing titles available for the Rift and will also include exclusives like Echo VR and Insomniac Games' co-op title Stormland, which can take advantage of the more power on offer with the Rift S headset.

You can pre-order the Quest and Rift S now from oculus.com. They'll also be available at retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and Currys PC World.

Oculus Rift S and Quest VR headsets pre-orders go live, shipping 21 May

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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