The Crescent Bay prototype of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has rarely been seen following its reveal in September 2014. Creator Oculus VR has since returned its focus to the HMD’s second development kit (DK2), taking it to consumer shows such as EGX London and Paris Games Week. Many still wonder what will become of Crescent Bay and if it will ever be seen again. Earlier in the month it was showcased at the 2014 Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland and has now made its consumer debut as part of the G-Star show in South Korea.
The latest iteration of the Oculus Rift was on display as the show last weekend, with Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe also in attendance. It’s not clear exactly what was being shown with Crescent Bay, although it’s more than likely that it will be the same demos revealed along with the device at the Oculus Connect developer conference in September. One such demo was Showdown, an action experience from Epic Games using its Unreal Engine 4 development toolset.
While not the final consumer product itself, Crescent Bay is said to be a big step towards that version of the Oculus Rift. The kit improves upon the DK2 with an OLED display that bests the 1080p panel seen in the previous iteration as well as a full 360 degrees of positional tracking and integrated audio. Oculus VR has said that some of these features will be in the consumer version while others will be upgraded further still.
Just when the consumer version of the Oculus Rift will finally be released is currently unknown. VR fans are looking forward to the release of Gear VR in the US for their fix this year. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all news surrounding the Oculus Rift, reporting back with any further updates.