In a launch blog Oculus touts the new hardware’s “all-in-one, fully immersive 6DOF VR” — writing: “We’re bringing the magic of presence to more people than ever before — and we’re doing it with the freedom of fully untethered movement”.
For a less varnished view on what it’s like to stick a face-computer on your head you can check out our reviews by clicking on the links below…
TC: “The headset may not be the most powerful, but it is doubtlessly the new flagship VR product from Facebook”
Oculus Rift S
TC: “It still doesn’t feel like a proper upgrade to a flagship headset that’s already three years old, but it is a more fine-tuned system that feels more evolved and dependable”
The Oculus blog contain no detail on pre-order sales for the headsets — beyond a few fine-sounding words.
Meanwhile Facebook has, for months, been running native ads for Oculus via its eponymous and omnipresent social network — although there’s no explicit mention of the Oculus brand unless you click through to “learn more”.
Instead it’s pushing the generic notion of “all-in-one VR”, shrinking the Oculus brand stamp on the headset to an indecipherable micro-scribble.
Here’s one of Facebook’s ads that targeted me in Europe, back in March, for e.g.:
For those wanting to partake of Facebook flavored face gaming (and/or immersive movie watching), the Oculus Quest and Rift S are available to buy via oculus.com and retail partners including Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Walmart, and GameStop in the US; Currys PC World, FNAC, MediaMarkt, and more in the EU and UK; and Amazon in Japan.
Just remember to keep your mouth shut.