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Oculus CEO: Consumer Rift is ‘Much Lighter’

It’s just a week into 2015 and, thanks to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it’s already easier to get an idea of what the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) will be like. Oculus VR executives have been providing drips of information about the device, nicknamed CV1, over the course of the show. Today sees CEO Brendan Iribe offer a few more hints, this time referring to the weight of the device, which is said to be ‘much lighter’ than the second development kit (DK2).


Iribe revealed as much in an interview with Tech Crunch. “We are starting to commit to some things,” he said. “So internally we are starting to lock in on certain components whether it’s the screen technology, the optics, the weight; it’s much lighter which is something that was a huge improvement from Oculus Rift DK2, which kind of unfortunately got very heavier. Now we feel like it’s really at a weight that consumers can enjoy for long periods of time. People aren’t going to be living in these things but you should be able to enjoy it for a while and not get fatigued based on the weight.”

Elsewhere, Oculus VR’s VP of Product Nate Mitchell stated that, in his opinion, the OLED display found in the Crescent Bay prototype of the Oculus Rift, is ‘good enough’ for CV1. That display is yet to have its resolution specified, though it is said to be better than DK2’s 1080p screen. The most anticipated details for CV1, such as a release date and price, are still yet to be confirmed. CES hasn’t been the show to reveal this information, but there’s still plenty of chances in 2015 to reveal all.

VRFocus itself is at CES this week and will continue to bring you all of the latest updates on VR technology.

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