An investor in Oculus VR, the makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset, has revealed that the company is working on a new version of the device that goes above and beyond even what’s on offer with the second developer kit (DK2). Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon revealed as much, stating that the company has been working on the new kit inside a special room in its Irvine headquarters.
Dixon revealed to Business Insider Australia that the company is allegedly working on the new device inside the ‘Valve Room’ in which the legendary developer used to create its games. According to site, the device is ‘more powerful and impressive’ than what’s on offer with DK2, which boasts a 1080p OLED screen with low latency and low persistance as well as positional tracking that allows users to move their head forwards, backwards, left, right up and down and have those motion replicated in-game.
“Crystal Cove is 50% of what they are running in LA,” Dixon said, referring to the code name for the kit that would be iterated on to become DK2. Apparently the new headset gets extremely close to reality and has an entire room to itself based on the sheer amount of processing power needed to run it, with the device essentially hooked up to a huge server..
“You go into a room. It’s a special room. Fancier headset. … In user testing it gets to a level of realism where almost all people feel that it’s realistic.”
Dixon then suggested that the headset will do away with the slight pixelation seen in current devices, suggesting that this version could boast an even higher resolution screen than what’s seen in DK2; perhaps a 4K panel is included?
Even more interestingly Dixon suggested that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg decided to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion USD after he had seen this new device.
The hope is that the technology will eventually be packed down into its own headset and sold to consumers. It seems unlikely that this will be the version that reaches consumers first, which Business Insider Australia suggested will be launching in 2015. Dixon concluded by suggesting that this new headset will be sought after by everyone including US military, police and fire services for training purposes.
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