The Oculus Rift S is just $299 from now until Christmas eve

Oculus Rift S tracking
Oculus Rift S tracking (Image credit: Windows Central)

One of the most exciting VR headsets around, the Oculus Rift S is great for pc-powered VR gaming. The only thing that could make it better is a $100 discount that runs until Christmas eve...

Would you look at that, the Oculus Rift S is in fact down to just $299 (from $399) direct from Oculus from now until December 24, 11:59 pm.

The Rift S was released in May of 2019 alongside the Oculus Quest. It's the next iteration of Oculus, a PC-powered VR experience featuring improved Fresnel lenses, higher pixel density, inside-out tracking (so no external sensors), and better comfort and weight distribution.

It also runs on the same platform as the original Oculus Rift, which means you get access to all the exclusive and high-quality VR content you could previously enjoy on the old one. The biggest improvement over the old one is the display, from our guide:

The biggest improvement in display quality isn't the resolution though, it's the pixel arrangement. The original Oculus Rift used a display with a diamond pentile subpixel layout. That means there are large gaps between pixels since these diamonds can't be arranged in a straight grid. The Oculus Rift S utilizes an RGB stripe display, meaning its pixels are all aligned in a perfect grid. Oddly enough, the refresh rate was decreased from 90Hz on the original Rift to 80Hz on the Rift S. Conversely, other new headsets feature refresh rates up to 144Hz.

This is an absolute steal on one of the best VR headsets around, and you've got until Christmas eve to take advantage.

Stephen Warwick