Since Oculus VR announced its first ever Oculus Connect developer conference earlier in 2014 there has been rampant speculation within the virtual reality (VR) community as to what the company will reveal at the event. Few would have guessed that, so soon after shipping the Oculus Rift head-mounted display’s (HMD) second development kit (DK2), the company would reveal another new prototype device. But CEO Brendan Iribe did just that during his keynote speech, announcing the Crescent Bay prototype. Now the first images of the device have arrived and can be seen below.
Crescent Bay hosts a range of improvements over DK2. First off, the device boasts a higher resolution display than the already-impressive 1080p OLED panel fitted to DK2. It also features a high refresh rate, full 360 degree tracking and integrated, though optional, audio. While many of those improvements can’t be seen in the pictures, there is a good glimpse of the audio option as well as how the device looks after some ergonomic fine-tuning.
While Crescent Bay is currently available to play as Oculus Connect, it’s not clear just what kind of a future the device will have going forward. Iribe was quick to stress that this wasn’t a consumer version of the Oculus Rift, but did state that it was a on the path to the finished product. VRFocus is at Oculus Connect and will continue to bring you any further updates about the device going forward.