It’s just one month into 2015 and there have already been two significant events from Oculus VR. While the company debuted new audio enhancements for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it more recently revealed its own film-dedicated division, Oculus Story Studio. Of course, the big question about the Oculus Rift still lingers; when is a consumer version releasing? The company still won’t say for sure but has recently debunked so rumours about release information.
Following the announcement of Oculus Story Studio Upload VR hosted a full interview with Supervision Technical Director, Max Planck. At one point in the conversation, Planck hinted that ‘May is getting close’ when referring to a consumer version of the Oculus Rift. He also mentioned a $300 USD or $400 price tag for the kit.
These comments quickly caught the eye of the VR community and were just as quickly debunked by Oculus VR creator himself, Palmer Luckey. “There is a lot of incorrect information in this article – Max is a new hire,” Luckey explained in a Reddit thread, “and he was definitely off on many things. I can’t clarify with concrete info on a lot of these yet, but suffice to say that May is no special month for the Rift, nor do we have price locked down for CV1.”
Interestingly, Luckey also revealed some information about Oculus VR’s internal testing in relation to a comment from Planck suggest new prototypes were hooked up to a ‘massive machine’. “As a more concrete example,” Luckey began, “we run everything (including internal prototypes) off a regular Falcon Northwest Tiki with a regular GTX 980, which is our preferred rig for shows as well. They cost ~$2,000, not $10,000, and are one of the smallest gaming PCs you can buy.
“Same goes for wires and tracking technology – we are always researching new things internally, but we are a long ways away from wireless video transmission and alternative tracking technologies getting good enough from VR. I doubt anyone wants CV1 held up for tech that may never come!”
Even if Luckey confirming when the Oculus Rift isn’t coming isn’t much in the way of news, his comments on internal testing are certainly interesting. Meanwhile, the wait for solid release information continues. VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with any further updates on the device.