Oculus VR unveils "Crescent Bay" headset with 360-degree tracking, built-in headphones

By Shawn Knight ยท 16 replies
Sep 21, 2014
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  1. Oculus VR unveiled a revised version of its virtual reality headset during the Oculus Connect developer conference over the weekend. Dubbed Crescent Bay, the new headset adds integrated audio via built-in headphones as well as 360-degree motion tracking.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,601   +1,888

    With all the metallic inserts in this thing, it now really looks like a bondage muzzle.

    Does it come with a gag though?
  3. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 505   +141

    Is it just me or do those foam pads on the headset speakers look cheap and potentially uncomfortable?
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,601   +1,888

    The whole thing looks like it was made in a garage by couple nerds. This is how Apple started, but even Apple 1 didn't look as ugly. And for a 2 billion investment in Oculus it is beyond excuses.

    Looking at the latest Sony VR you get an idea of what a VR should look like as a modern consumer product, and put Oculus to shame.

    Again, think about Apple - people do care a great deal about the product's aesthetics.

    Below is the latest version from Sony (source)


    And here's their previous design...


    I wouldn't even know where to begin when comparing how these look compared to Oculus, which does look like a muzzle.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2014
  5. Did you ever stop to think that we're being sandbagged on the design?
  6. Keep in mind, Sony has an incentive to keep a strong hold on the gaming market. As such, the slick, pretty and sexy-looking device you put up as the counter-offering to the Crescent Bay is nothing more than a plastic shell.

    "85% done" is a very long way from a consumer product when it comes to electronics. And they don't even have manufacturing capability yet. It has to be 100% done.

    Oculus has been shipping operational products for most of 2014. And it works with any standard video output.

    Meanwhile, Sony is shouting and waving their arms, saying, "Any day now!", and it will only be for PS4 users.

    You can have your sexy vaporware. I'll take the combat-tested, field-ready product.
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  7. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,362   +276

    Sony VR does look good indeed, is it compared to Oculus? In terms of the actual immersion?
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,555   +1,000

    Why are people complaining about the design? this clearly was just something put together fast to show the new hardware. they don't have monkeys working on the design team.
  9. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 505   +141

    Uhh... haven't we been hearing about this product and its development for several years now? Just cause it isn't final release, doesn't mean that they shouldn't be trying for some kind of nice presentation of the device. They should really be researching product designs that will attract customers. Getting the device on people's head is about half the battle of selling it.
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,601   +1,888

    The product hasn't been released yet to pass judgement on the quality of the materials and its content.

    It takes both functional and aesthetic perfection to make a great success, not just one side. Apple products is the proof to that.

    And by looking at Oculus VR, I'd say it is 50% done at best. The definition of 100% seems to be very different between Sony and Oculus. The former knows what they are doing, almost 60 years on the market, versus a 5-minute off-spring, what else is there to say...
  11. "As such, the slick, pretty and sexy-looking device you put up as the counter-offering to the Crescent Bay is nothing more than a plastic shell."
    Having used both, the Morpheus beats the rift in every way imaginable. The fact that it's not built by facebook is just an added plus.
  12. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 816   +332

    Oculus Rift - Gimp Mask Edition
  13. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,245   +414

    Are you guys actually serious.

    you are complain about the look of a prototype?
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  14. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,245   +414

    Unless you work for facebook how do you know how far along the project is and its completion rate?
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  15. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,601   +1,888

    As a stated in my post - from the way just how unfinished it looks, from becoming a consumer product.
  16. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,555   +1,000

    So many people making assumptions without knowing any facts, this is not the horoscope. Go read the stars somewhere else. Everybody who used the new prototype say that it's amazing. You no longer see pixels and get motion sickness (at least not as easily as before) and the new demos are really fun and showcase the hardware really well. They also fixed the head tracking allowing you to move much more freely than before.

    As for people complaining about facebook buying oculus, all you have to do is see how well instagram and whatsapp are doing. These guys know what they are doing when they make big purchases. Hating oculus because of the buyout is RETARDED.
    Lionvibez and SantistaUSA like this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,218   +421

    Rubbish I say... I and many others don't really care how it looks as long as it is comfortable and does it's job. Sure the Sony unit looks pretty, but looks are a very small part of the battle when it comes to something you aren't going to be looking at anyway, you'll be immersed in a video game.

    I like where this development is going, they are concentrating on the important stuff. The looks can and should be the last thing they worry about. As long as it performs well I bet it will sell itself. Myself and several other waiting with bated breath to buy the consumer version of the Oculus.

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