Oculus has announced a new VR headset prototype, one that is intended to replace the current Oculus Rift. The company said that the new headset is not the third development kit, but still represents a jump in technology that is similar to the change from DK1 to DK2. Crescent Bay does not represent the final consumer product, but Oculus says that it is getting close.
The announcement came during Oculus’ Connect conference, where it showed off the latest developments in VR technology. Oculus has improved Crescent Bay with better optics, 360-degree head tracking, higher resolution, and a higher refresh rate. This should provide for a great degree of movement freedom for the wearer, as the Oculus Rift DK2 was unable to tell if the user was facing the wrong way.
Oculus has also announced that it will be providing official support for everyone on the Pro and free versions of Unity. There will also be a new version of the Oculus Platform making it’s way to the Samsung VR headset when it is released. Oculus Platform is a custom app store for developers to upload and distribute their own VR apps; and Oculus intends to help these developers monetise their creations. While the Platform will eventually appear on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer, it looks like Samsung is getting the first shot at getting it to work.