As expected, virtual reality (VR) specialist Oculus VR is at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in full force, showcasing its Crescent Bay prototype for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). It’s been thought in the build up to the show that the units on display will be virtually identical to the ones that have been used at the Oculus Connect event and other shows since the kit’s reveal. As Oculus VR’s Head of Studios Jason Rubin reveals, that’s not quite the case.
Speaking on the ‘Emerging Trends in Gaming’ panel at the show, Rubin noted that the Crescent Bay units on display at CES 2015 feature updated spatial audio’, suggesting that the updates have ‘never been seen’ before. Of course, one of Crescent Bay’s many improvements over past iterations of the Oculus Rift is integrated audio, with headphones attached to the device. These headphones are an optional feature but something that has been heavily requested by VR enthusiasts in the past.
Crescent Bay also features an improved OLED display that tops the 1080p screen seen in the second development kit (DK2). There’s also full 360 degree positional tracking, again beating out the previous positional tracking found in DK2. In the past Oculus VR has said that the device is ‘on the path’ to the eventual consumer release of the Oculus Rift, although you can still expect other improvements to be made. Just when Oculus VR will reveal the consumer version of the Oculus Rift is not yet known.
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