Facebook’s Oculus unveils Crescent Bay virtual reality headset with 360-degree head tracking

Facebook’s Oculus unveils Crescent Bay virtual reality headset with 360-degree head tracking

Facebook-owned Oculus has unveiled its Crescent Bay virtual reality headset on late Saturday. The virtual reality headset is currently available as a prototype but features an all-new display with 360-degree head tracking technology.

Oculus hosted its first developer conference Oculus Connect at Lowes Hollywood Hotel, California to showcase its newly developed Crescent Bay virtual reality headset. As the company, which had earlier acquired by Facebook for $2 billion, is in a move to commercialise its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, the Crescent Bay is its new prototype with several improvements over the Rift DK2.

Oculus Crescent Bay has a new display which allows users to spin around 360 degrees. This integration enables gamers to get real-life experience while playing virtual games with wearing the headset. In addition, there is an expanded positional tracking volume as well as improved weight and ergonomics to give a better gaming experience over the predecessor.

The Crescent Bay headset comes with integrated audio through headphones. The company is additionally in development to build the hardware and software that developers need to create high-fidelity VR audio experiences for the headset. Oculus lead audio engineer Brian Hook at the conference said that the company has licensed RealSpace3D’s audio technology which enables high-fidelity VR audio with a combination of HRTF spatialisation and integrated reverberation algorithms.

Oculus has partnered with Unity Technologies to use its Unity cross-platform game creation system. The partnership will enable developers to leverage Unity’s system for building content specifically for the new virtual reality platform.

Oculus has not revealed any details on the part of the price and availability of the Crescent Bay virtual headset, but it would come with more information in the coming future.

Originally founded by Palmer Luckey, Oculus is now working under Facebook in Irvine, California. The company recently partnered with Samsung Electronics to unveil its Samsung Gear VR headset. The Gear VR headset is based on the Rift virtual reality headset but it is compatible with the company’s Galaxy Note 4 phablet device.

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