Oculus Rift VR headset - shipping Q1 2016

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay

Oculus Rift VR headset - shipping Q1 2016
Oculus Rift VR headset – shipping Q1 2016

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Oculus Rift Crescent Bay: the  review


Oculus Rift Crescent Bay

- Very immersive
- OLED technology = better display
- 110-degree viewing angle

- A little heavier than other headsets
- Motion tracking occasionally disconnects

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In 2013, Facebook dished out an astounding $2 billion for Oculus VR, the pioneering start-up company that created Oculus Rift.  For some, this signaled major growth was coming for the field of virtual reality.

The Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype was unveiled during late 2014 and is not yet available for commercial sale.  Consumer versions of this exciting virtual reality headset are expected to be available for purchase during 2015.  Check out our VR headset comparison chart to see how the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype compares to other headsets such as Sony’s Project Morpheus and I Am Cardboard, which is inspired by Google Glass.


Oculus Rift Crescent Bay: Design

The Oculus Rift Crescent Bay headset is made up of a black box speckled with white squares on it that give it a stylish look.  The headset fits over your eyes with the help of some straps including a velcro strap that goes over your head.  There is padding in the headset to make the experience more comfortable, but some light may peak in from the bottom edge. This light leakage will likely not exist in the commercial version.

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay: Tracking

The Oculus Rift Crescent Bay headset comes with 360-degree tracking. This is a solid improvement over the earlier Oculus Rift Developer’s prototypes, which only tracked the front and sides of the headset.  The full positional tracking helps deliver a crisper and more responsive experience.

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay: Audio

Audio is essential for a truly immersive experience.  Oculus Rift Crescent Bay comes with earbuds and 3D audio software that is powered by RealSpace 3D Audio.  This allows for “the virtual placement of sound anywhere in 3-D space with pin-point accuracy”. In essence, you get surround sound with this virtual reality headset. You also have the option of not using the attached earbuds and instead can use your own headphones.

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay: Display

OLED technology powers the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay display.  This deliver brighter colors, better contrast ratios than the LCD display used by other virtual reality headsets. One of the advantages of an OLED display is that it can turn off the black parts of the screen. This delivers a deeper black color and, in turn, colors that appear sharper against the blacker background.

This virtual reality headset also gives you an impressive field of vision. The Crescent Bay offers a 110-degree viewing angle compared to Project Morpheus’ 90-degrees. And, it offers higher refresh rates.  The Oculus Rift Crescent Bay delivers a good 75Hz, which is higher than what some competitors provide. This means less chance of eye strain, which is definitely a plus.

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay: Weight

The Oculus Rift Crescent Bay weighs less than the 440g of the development kit (DK2)

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay: Price 

TBD – it’s not for sale yet, but the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 is now available at a price of $350.

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