Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype unveiled, a "massive leap" over DK2

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This isn't the consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset, but according to Oculus, it's another big step closer. This morning at Oculus Connect (opens in new tab) , company CEO Brendan Iribe revealed the Crescent Bay prototype, which he says is "a massive leap" over the currently available Oculus Rift DK2 (opens in new tab) .

Crescent Bay includes 360-degree head tracking (which was "not easy"), higher resolution, a lighter body, integrated audio (using RealSpace 3D (opens in new tab) tech), and more—which all leads to a much better sense of "presence," as Iribe puts it.

The Crescent Bay units on display at Oculus Connect were handmade (we presume that's why the headphones look like they could pair well with an '80s Walkman), and there's no news on if or when they'll be sold to developers. Wes is on the scene, and will be trying the new model out later today. We'll update this story as news comes in.

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Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.