Luckey: No ‘comparable products’ to Oculus but Wants to See ‘100 VR companies’
Oculus VR makes no apologies about just how highly it holds its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Last year CEO Brendan Iribe revealed that it had even invited Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) to see the latest iteration of its device as a means to encourage the company to make sure its Project Morpheus HMD for PlayStation 4 was up to the same standard. It comes at little surprise, then, to hear Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey state that he thinks that there aren’t ‘any comparable products’ to the device, even if he wishes there were.
Luckey said as much in a recent interview with Forbes. Having been listed a range of available and upcoming VR HMDs, Luckey simply said: “I don’t think there are any comparable products right now.”
Don’t take that as arrogance, however, as the designer concluded that: “Instead of ‘Hey, here’s this wonder kid who started this great company,’ I’d much rather see a hundred virtual reality companies selling a billion headsets.” Clearly Luckey hopes to see a great deal of HMDs that rival the Oculus Rift and have the VR industry thrive as a result.
It’s also easy to see where Luckey is coming from given that the Crescent Bay prototype for the Oculus Rift, revealed at the 2014 Oculus Connect developer event, was highly praised upon its unveiling. The device includes integrated audio, full 360 degree positional tracking and a new OLED display that surpasses the 1080p resolution seen in the second development kit (DK2). The eventual consumer version of the device (CV1) will improve upon Crescent Bay even further, though final designs and specifics are yet to be revealed.
This week sees Oculus VR showing off Crescent Bay at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). VRFocus is at the event and is bringing you all of the latest updates on VR hardware and software.