Next week sees the first major electronics event of the year take place in the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. You can expect plenty of virtual reality (VR) news to come out from the event from companies working with the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and Gear VR smartphone-based HMD. It’s not clear if VR leaders such as Oculus VR will be making any announcements at the show, although the company has at least confirmed that it will be attending the event with some of its latest tech to show off.
“Headed to #CES2015?” the company asked in a recent tweet. “We’ll see you there!” The same tweet then proceeded to tag both Crescent Bay and Gear VR. The former is the latest prototype for the Oculus Rift, first revealed in September 2014, while the latter has been made in partnership with Samsung and released in the US in early December 2014. Crescent Bay itself includes integrated audio, full 360 degree positional tracking and an update display panel that is said to best the 1080p OLED screen found on the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2).
Better yet, Reddit user ThisIsMyRedditNameOK appears to have already had access to the CES show floor and even snapped a picture of Oculus VR’s booth as it was being set up, which can be seen below. From the looks of it this is a two-storey booth, suggesting that the company will have plenty to show off.
Oculus VR is no stranger to CES. Last year the company revealed its then-newest prototype, Crystal Cove, at the show. The device would go on to become DK2. However Crescent Bay won’t be going on to form the foundation of the latest development kit but is instead thought to be closer to the consumer version (CV1) of the device. Details about just when CV1 will launch are scarce, although The Telegraph recently suggested a winter 2015 release before removing that quote. Could the first official news arrive at CES? Or will VR fans have to wait longer?
VRFocus will be at CES to bring you all the latest VR news. Check back throughout the week for all of the latest updates on the technology.