While Oculus VR today announced its Crescent Bay prototype for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) as the next step towards a consumer version of the device, its Oculus Connect conference continued to stress that the technology wasn’t market-ready just yet. No one touched upon this more than Oculus VR Chief Scientist Michael Abrash, who today announced Oculus Research, a new outfit dedicated to finding the best practices for VR development going forward.
Fully backed by both Oculus VR and Facebook, Oculus Research is comprised of a ‘board mix’ of researchers, engineers and programmers all working to create the best VR technology possible in the long-term. “Our mission is to keep advancing the VR platform so that you can develop new, great VR experiences on top of it,” a message on the team’s website explained. “And we’re fully aware that VR is more than just Oculus; we’ll be publishing our findings and working with university researchers, so the whole VR community can grow and move forward.”
Oculus Research is still looking for ‘first-rate’ programmers, hardware engineers and researchers to fill out its team. They will be investigating a wide range of areas such as optics, displays, computer vision and track, user experience, audio and more. While this means that Oculus VR will continue to operate as normal towards the release of the first consumer Oculus Rift, the Oculus Research team will play a huge role in later updates.
The Oculus Research team will be based in Seattle, Washington. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all updates on Oculus VR and Oculus Connect, reporting back with any further updates.