Oculus unveils new prototype VR headset

September 20, 2014 by Derrik J. Lang
In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Peter Mason tries the Oculus virtual reality headset at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco. Oculus, the virtual reality company acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion, is holding its first-ever developers conference and is expected to discuss the much-anticipated release of its VR headset for consumers. The two-day Oculus Connect conference begins Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)

Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition.

The hew headset features a higher resolution and refresh rate, 360-degree head tracking and integrated headphones.

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe says the new prototype is not perfect, but it's closer to the consumer version.

The Irvine, California-based VR company revealed the new headset nicknamed Crescent Bay on Saturday at its first conference for developers.

Oculus' headset covers a user's eyes and can create immersive worlds that react to head movement.

The original prototype of the Oculus Rift headset was unveiled in 2012 and has received attention from video game and film makers.

Oculus VR Inc. was acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion.

In this Wed., Sept. 3, 2014 file photo, British television presenter Rachel Riley shows a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR during an unpacked event of Samsung ahead of the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin. Oculus, the virtual reality company acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion, is holding its first-ever developers conference and is expected to discuss the much-anticipated release of its VR headset for consumers. The two-day Oculus Connect conference begins Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
In this June 10, 2014 file photo, show attendees play a video game with Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. Oculus, the virtual reality company acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion, is holding its first-ever developers conference and is expected to discuss the much-anticipated release of its VR headset for consumers. The two-day Oculus Connect conference begins Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

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More information: www.oculus.com/blog/oculus-connect-2014/

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Sanescience
1 / 5 (1) Sep 20, 2014
For a sellout company that abandoned their Kickstarter roots they sure are taking their time comming out with a product. $2 billion, really?
alfie_null
not rated yet Sep 21, 2014
Technical details? To be fair, the link to Oculus' blog had little more.

Did have some pictures though. Looks pretty much the same as earlier versions, aside from a sprinkling of little white dots on the outside case. For tracking? Does it need to be tracked by external cameras?

What yet remains to be done to produce a consumer version? Is there a timeline? I imagine Mark Zuckerberg is most interested in seeing this happen.
Dr_Doe
not rated yet Sep 21, 2014
I would love to see a version that looks like a helmet so it's not sticking 3 inches in front of your face and I think it would feel like more of an immersive experience then a pair of goggles.... I'm sure it's been discussed but i've never seen one done other then movies.

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