The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has been met with some serious competition in the past month. HTC and Valve’s announcement of the Vive HMD has been met with high praise, especially stemming from its showing at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) last week. And, with the Vive set to release by the end of the year, Oculus VR will certainly have competition right out of the gate for the consumer version of its own device. But will the Oculus Rift be the best HMD when it finally releases? Its creator believes so.
Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey stated as much at the 2015 South by Southwest Festival today. During Oculus VR’s ‘Explore the Future of Virtual Reality’ panel the creator stated that he still believed the Oculus Rift would be the best HMD for consumers at its launch. Luckey didn’t mention the Vive specifically but did note that Oculus VR’s leadership “could change, I’d love for it to change because that means there is something even better out there.”
Oculus VR’s most recent iteration of the Oculus Rift is Crescent Bay, a prototype that includes an OLED display with an unspecified resolution, integrated audio and full 3D positional tracking. While not the final product, the company has noted that it isn’t the final version of the Oculus Rift, but is close. The device also won’t be Oculus VR’s first consumer product; CTO John Carmack also noted that the Gear VR would be going ‘full consumer’ with its next product release cycle. A date for that release is yet to be announced.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift and Gear VR closely, reporting back with any further updates.