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Oculus CEO: Consumer Rift Coming ‘Pretty Soon’

With Oculus VR’s Oculus Connect Developer Conference now a distant memory and the latest prototype for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) revealed, VR fans are hoping to finally see the consumer version of the HMD in the near future. Crescent Bay, as the new prototype is called, was labelled by CEO Brendan Iribe as a significant stride towards the full release at its reveal. Now Iribe has reiterated that the device is coming ‘pretty soon’.

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The CEO said as much speaking to Bloomberg in a recent interview. When asked about when consumers would be able to buy an Oculus Rift Iribe stressed that the company was focused on getting the experience right before anything else. He admitted that the design will be closer to the current versions of the Oculus Rift as opposed to something like a set of sunglasses but, for now, the company wanted to make sure that the device is ‘comfortable’.

“To get that right is really a big challenge,” Iribe stated. “We’re just at the point now where we’re confident that we’re there and it’ll be not too far along.”

When asked if it would be out in a few years time he replied: “Well less than multiple years. We can’t say where we are on it. More than a few months and less than a few years, but it’s pretty soon. We do want to get it right.”

Crescent Bay improves on the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) with an improved display, full 360 degree tracking and integrated audio. The company expects to bring these improvements and more to the consumer version of the device, whenever is may be revealed. Earlier in the year VRFocus heard from multiple sources that the device will be rolling out as a Beta release as early as April 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of the Oculus Rift in the future, reporting back with any further updates on the device.