For the past month Oculus VR has been teasing fans about the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The company has finally revealed that the device will be launching in Q1 2016 and even detailed the minimum specs required to run the kit on PC, but remained tight lipped about many of its actual features. Even the images for the consumer kit have been bathed in shadow. Today, however, the company is finally ready to talk more about the anticipated HMD.
The retail Oculus Rift features a two OLED displays with wide field of view and a new Constellation Tracking system that offers precise, low latency movement. It also comes with an external sensor to help with these mechanics. As with the recent Crescent Bay prototype, integrated audio features, with headphones attached to the kit itself though can be removed. CEO Brendan Iribe stressed that it was light weight and that players would put the device on ‘like a baseball cap’. Users can also adjust IPD to a comfortable experience.
To that end, the form factor of the Oculus Rift also better accommodates glasses. The entire device is even wrapped in fabric.
There’s still plenty more to learn about the consumer version of the Oculus Rift before its launch early next year. The company will of course be at E3 next week from 16th – 18th June, where we may be able to learn more on the device. However it’s the company’s own developer conference, Oculus Connect 2 taking place from 23rd – 25th September 2015, where many expect to see the next full blow out on the kit. Last year’s event saw the company announce its Crescent Bay prototype for the Oculus Rift, so expect significant news to be made at the show.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift and all other VR HMDs closely, and will be at E3 next week to deliver all of the latest VR related updates.