At the Oculus Connect developer conference, virtual reality technology company Oculus VR announced a new prototype for its flagship Rift headset: Crescent Bay. The new headset comes with an integrated audio, updated display, and 360 motion tracking. Also Read - Oculus launches Medium 2.0 with revamped UI to easily create 3D sculptures
Crescent Bay also has an inbuilt headphone, though the company says you could use your own ones if you desire. Much like the previous iterations of this device, Crescent Bay also isn’t a consumer product, but the company says that “it is much closer to the final thing.” Facebook-owned Oculus had shipped 100,000 prototype of Oculus VR to developers in over 130 countries. The second generation of Rift is still up for pre-orders. Also Read - Oculus VR TV now available for watching shows on 'Oculus Go'
Among other changes, the new model is significantly lighter, boasts improved ergonomics, and a 360 degree movement tracker. Also Read - Oculus VR acquires hand-tracking camera developer Nimble VR, also hires Star Trek's visual expert
The company has also developed its own audio tracking software, as it finds it a rather important component on virtual reality headsets. The company says that audio part is as significant as the video.
“As part of our audio initiative, we’ve licensed RealSpace3D’s audio technology, a software stack developed over 10 years based on technology from the University of Maryland,” Oculus said in a blogpost. “RealSpace3D’s tech enables high-fidelity VR audio with a combination of HRTF spatialization and integrated reverberation algorithms.”
The company was founded by Iribe and VR prodigy Palmer Luckey. Earlier this year social juggernaut Facebook acquired it for a whopping sum of $2 billion. Korean electronics giant, Samsung too inked a deal with Oculus to develop its own virtual reality headset called Gear VR. And then we have Cardboard, a massively low priced paper made VR headset by Google which it gifted to its IO conference attendees earlier this year.