The Rift S leaves us no direct successor for PC VR, but there are plenty of alternatives.
It's ʙᴇen a bumpy ʀᴏᴀᴅ ꜰᴏʀ tʜᴇ Oculᴜs Rɪꜰt S ʜᴇadsᴇᴛ. As a ʜᴀʟꜰ-sᴛᴇᴘ sᴜᴄᴄᴇssᴏʀ ᴛᴏ tʜᴇ Oculᴜs PC VR progenɪᴛᴏʀ, tʜᴇ Oculᴜs Rɪꜰt, ɪᴛ launcʜᴇd wɪᴛh a ᴍɪx ᴏꜰ ɴᴇᴡ ᴀɴd ᴏʟᴅ VR tech ʙᴀᴄᴋ ɪɴ 2019. It mᴀɴᴀɢᴇd ᴛᴏ secure a stɪɴt ᴀs ᴏɴe ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴘᴏᴘᴜʟᴀʀ VR ʜᴇadsᴇᴛs ʙᴜᴛ ɪᴛ wᴀs swɪꜰtly ᴏᴠᴇʀshaᴅᴏᴡᴇd ʙʏ ᴍᴏʀᴇ technicᴀʟʟy imᴘʀᴇssive unɪᴛs ᴀs tiᴍᴇ ᴡᴇnt ᴏɴ. Even ɪᴛs creᴀᴛᴏʀ, Faceʙᴏᴏᴋ, ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ shɪꜰt ᴍᴏsᴛ ᴏꜰ ɪᴛs ᴀᴛᴛᴇɴtiᴏɴ ᴛᴏ tʜᴇ Oculᴜs Quest 2 ᴀꜰᴛᴇʀ ᴊᴜsᴛ a yᴇᴀʀ ɪɴᴛᴏ ɪᴛs releᴀse, ᴀɴd thᴀᴛ ᴘᴇʀʜᴀᴘs sᴇᴀʟᴇᴅ tʜᴇ fᴀᴛe ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ Rɪꜰt S.Virtual reality
Best VR headset: which kit should you choose?
Best graphics card: you need serious GPU power for VR
Best gaming laptop: don't get tied to your desktop in VR
According to Facebook, speaking with UploadVR, stock of the Rift S will not be replenished from here on, effectively stamping it 'end-of-life'.
"Rift S is still available for sale currently in some channels around the world, but as we announced last year, we plan to stop selling Rift S in 2021," a Facebook representative tells UploadVR. "Generally speaking, as channels sell out of stock, they won’t be replenished moving forward."
The Oculus Rift S may already be tough to find in some areas worldwide. Amazon US is all sold out, although here in the UK you can still pick one up for £298. If you really have your heart set on Oculus' PC VR device, it looks like you best get a shuffle on.
The Rift S was an incredibly popular device for the duration of its lifespan, managing to rule over the Steam Hardware Survey for a good portion of its life. It would later be topped by the Quest 2, however, which swiftly took the top spot not all that long after its release in late 2020.
Even with plenty of great alternatives in its stead, it's still a little sad to see the Rift S go. Without any true tethered alternative for Oculus, its end marks an end to Oculus' designated PC VR efforts. Rumours of any Rift 2 tend to end the same way: It's been binned by Facebook's suits. Admittedly, It's hardly a surprise considering the success of the company's standalone headsets.
At least a great deal of that tethered experience can now be easily emulated on the all-in-one Quest 2, and if that's not for you there are heaps of worthy alternatives.
You may want to check out the best VR headsets we recommend to see if any other would make for a fitting stand-in. Beyond the Quest 2, powered on PC by Oculus Link, the Valve Index is practically high-end VR royalty today. It's also possible to run the gambit of cheap to expensive sets nowadays from Vive, HP, and more.