Oculus VR has announced the third prototype of its virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift, bringing it a little closer to a full consumer release.
The new hardware prototype, named Crescent Bay, features 360 degree tracking, a higher resolution than previous models, lower latency and a built in audio system. Ergonomics have also been improved and the device is lighter.
The audio in particular is something that the Oculus VR team is focusing on to ensure higher levels of immersion. The team has licensed RealSpace3D’s audio technology which has been developed over the last 10 years and enables positional audio that will work alongside the head tracking of the Crescent Bay headset.
To show off the hardware, the Oculus VR team have also included a demo, Crescent Bay Experiences, which shows off the potential for gaming and film with the headset.
’This is still incredibly early hardware. There are plenty of technical challenges left to solve for the consumer Rift, but Crescent Bay is truly the best virtual reality headset we’ve ever built,’ said and Oculus VR spokesperson.
The Crescent Bay was available for demoing over the weekend at Oculus Connect, Oculus VR’s first developer conference. A full consumer release of the virtual reality headset has not yet been announced but speculation suggests that it could be launched during 2015.