There are a lot of questions facing virtual reality (VR) specialist, Oculus VR, at the moment. Many of these are to do with the highly-anticipated and yet still unrevealed consumer version of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). With the HTC Vive HMD gearing up for a holiday 2015 launch and the consumer version of Oculus VR’s other kit, Gear VR, likely to hit soon, many want to know when the device will finally be revealed. VP of product Nate Mitchell will likely face these questions and more next week as he attends the Disrupt NY event in New York, USA.
Disrupt NY is organised by Tech Crunch and takes place from 4th – 6th May 2015 at the Manhattan Center. Mitchell himself has a large role in Oculus VR as one of its co-founders and is often a public face for the company at events such as E3 and its own developer conference, Oculus Connect. He’s also in charge of aspects such as the recently-announced Oculus Story Studio, a new film-focused division of the company currently working on titles such as Lost. Mitchell is well-positioned to talk about Oculus VR, then, and will hopefully provide more insight at the event.
Oculus VR’s most recent iteration of the Oculus Rift is its Crescent Bay prototype, revealed at Oculus Connect in September 2014. The kit utilises two screens but also boasts full 360 degree positional tracking along with integrated audio. The company won’t be releasing any further development kits and has since replaced the second such kit, DK2, with Crescent Bay kits at various events. Back at Oculus Connect it was noted that, while Crescent Bay is not the consumer version of the device, it’s close to what consumers can expect.
Other speakers at Disrupt NY include Tinder’s Sean Rad, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and Vine’s Jason Mante. Tickets to the event are still on sale. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on the company.