Oculus VR, which was acquired by Facebook in July for $2 billion, is yet to release Oculus Rift for the consumers. However, it has revealed a new prototype of its VR headset. The prototype is called Crescent Bay and was unveiled at the Oculus Connect conference. However, the technical details haven’t yet been revealed to the public. The prototype is better than the earlier ones but it won’t be available to the consumers yet. Let us have a look at this post to know what features have been added in the virtual reality headset prototype.
Features of Crescent Bay
Crescent Bay is lighter and has ‘3D audio’ built-in the headset prototype. It also includes a 360 degree motion tracking. This feature will help users to move around and track their surroundings easily. It also has higher resolution and refresh rate.
Many journalist attendees at the conference were provided the opportunity to use this prototype to play video games. They were able to feel different scenarios in the game like having a T-Rex jump at them. With these experiences they raved about the improvements that Crescent Bay has over other prototypes of the VR headset.
Other Prototypes over the Years
In 2012, the original prototype of the Oculus Rift was developed and it became really popular among film and video game makers. Earlier this year, a second prototype of this headset was released. Around 100,000 development kits of the VR headset have been shipped to 130 countries. According to Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus, developing Crescent Bay was not an easy task. However, this prototype is better than the earlier ones.
A user’s eyes is covered with the headset of Oculus and with the head movement of the user, an immersive world is created.
Recently, Oculus had partnered with Samsung to create Gear VR, a headset which has a slot to provide Galaxy Note 4 smartphone as a virtual reality display.
According to Iribe, to help in the extensive adoption of VR technology, it is necessary to create a sense of presence. However, users still feel uncomfortable to experience the virtual reality world, which might cause a hindrance for the adoption of VR headsets.
What do you think?
Have you tried out the Oculus Rift? Do you think the new prototype will help in the adoption of this headset? Share your insights in the comments below.
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