It’s currently not clear what is to become of Oculus VR’s Crescent Bay prototype of its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The updated device was revealed at this year’s Oculus Connect developer conference in September but has since moved out of the spotlight. Instead the company has returned to showcasing its second development kit (DK2) to the public at industry events. However it appears that Crescent Bay is still being shown off to select development teams, including Untold Games.
The studio behind the upcoming VR adventure title Loading Human revealed that it had recently got to try out Crescent Bay for itself. “Oh, by the way, I had the chance to try the crescent bay…” the developer wrote in a recent Kickstarter update, “and it was AWESOME.” It wasn’t mentioned just where Untold Games got to experience Crescent Bay or what they experienced on it, though it’s likely to be the same content that was shown at Oculus Connect. The developer has recently been taking its title across Europe to various shows.
The developer isn’t the only one to have seen Crescent Bay since September’s showing; the team behind XING: The Land Beyond has also seen the kit at Oculus VR’s offices. The prototype was introduced at Oculus Connect by CEO Brendan Iribe as a significant step towards the consumer version of the kit. It features an OLED display running at an undisclosed resolution that is at the very least higher than DK2’s 1080p panel. Also on-board is full 360 degree positional tracking and integrated audio.
It’s not clear if the public will ever get to see Crescent Bay for itself or if it will make a showing at other upcoming events. The next major electronics event happens to be the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on 6th – 9th January 2015. Last year the company revealed its Crystal Cove prototype at the show. Could we see another leap forward next year’s event? VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift, reporting back with any further updates on the device