Last weekend Oculus VR revealed its next prototype for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in Crescent Bay. The device includes a host of upgrades of the recently-shipped second development kit (DK2) including integrated audio, a higher refresh rate and improved design. Oculus VR also confirmed that the device used a new display panel with an even higher resolution than DK2’s 1080p screen. Curiously, the company won’t reveal the specific resolution for the display, but has at least recently confirmed that it is still on OLED panel.
Oculus Rift designer Palmer Luckey confirmed as much in an interview with Tested. Speaking at the Oculus Connect event that hosted the reveal of Cresecent Bay, Luckey confirmed that it is indeed an OLED display housed inside the HMD. When pressed about if this could be another panel from Samsung, the company Oculus VR has partnered with to create the Gear VR smartphone-based HMD, Luckey again stressed that he wasn’t going into any specifications, though again confirmed that it was a step up from DK2.
Interestingly, Gear VR uses the Super AMOLED display fitted to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. Of course, it might just be that Luckey wasn’t being specific about the type of OLED panel inside Crescent Bay but this would suggest that two HMDs do not share the same display. OLED offers huge benefits for VR over other displays, allowing for lower latency head-tracking and a high refresh rate to combat motion blur and other issues.
It’s not clear what the future holds for Cresecent Bay. It could be that the HMD was simply brought to Oculus Connect as an update and might not be seen again. Either way, VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the company and its devices.