The Oculus Rift S is dead! Long live the Oculus Quest!
That’s not quite how Oculus phrased their original announcement, at Facebook Connnect, that they were going to be discontinuing their Oculus Rift S VR headset in favour of the Oculus Quest 2. And it’s true that the company is still supporting the Oculus Rift with new titles but, as spotted by NME, you can no longer purchase the Oculus Rift S from the Oculus store. If you do still want a new Oculus Rift S, various online and offline outlets still have stock but with Oculus no longer making the headset you can expect those supplies to dwindle.
The reason for discontinuing the Oculus Rift S is that the Oculus Quest 2 does what the S can do and more. You can use it wirelessly to play Oculus Quest 2 games and while the Quest is, graphically, a step down from PCVR games, not having a wire makes for an even more immersive experience.
Plus, you can also play PCVR games by plugging the Oculus Quest into your PC via a wire or using the wireless air link facility (we found the latter wasn’t 100% perfect but it’s still in beta). So, really, there’s not an awful lot of point in having a headset that needs to permanently plugged in. Yes, the official link cable is pricey but we’ve had good results with a couple of third party cables.
Of course, if you’re a Quest 2 owner you’ll still have to deal with new hardware revisions. At some point the Oculus Quest 3 will come out, but you still be able to use the Quest 2 to play PCVR games so purchasing a Quest 2 is still a smart move. You can read our review to find out exactly what we thought of the headset.