NVIDIA Offer GeForce VR Experience @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – While at the NVIDIA stand, we couldn’t help but notice the huge display of virtual reality experiences presented. NVIDIA are at the forefront of VR, collaborating closely with many partners to ensure the best possible experience upon release.

During the display, they offer passers-by the chance to use the latest Oculus Rift: Crescent Bay headset. This is a truly immersive experience, especially if you are standing up. Outside the booth, you can see what the headset is displaying, here you can see that the image is warped at the edges to ensure that the headset can display correctly and that the image will be normal once viewed through the optics.

Here at eTeknix, we are extremely excited about this new technology and we cannot wait until it is released to the public for everyone to try. We will keep you updated with the latest news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

Oculus Rift Price Bomb Dropped by CEO

The most anticipated gaming hardware of possibly the decade has been flaunted in front of consumers since early development. What hasn’t been so widely shared is the price; which is seemly odd considering how close the release is.

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe dropped the biggest hint, stating that a Rift headset and a computer powerful enough to drive it would cost in the region of $1,500 (£1,000). “We are looking at an ‘all-in’ price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the Rift … at most you should be in that $1,500 range,” Iribe stated at the Re/code conference.

We know what the specifications are, so what about prices. If we use OverclockersUK for current prices and work out the remaining cost for the headset.

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

A quick price tot up, using the cheapest non-stated products such as the motherboard, comes in at around $900 (£600). This leaves a pretty healthy $600 (£400) for the rift itself. This may come as a shock considering the most recent price estimate in September 2014 was between $200 to $400; does this new price include possible inflation or possibly the hiring out to an external company for product? I guess we will find out in a few months.

I can’t wait for the Oculus Rift now, I recently tried the newest Crescent Bay unit and I was very impressed. What are your thoughts on the pricing? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.

Facebook F8 Keynote – Oculus Rift Crescent Bay “Launching Soon”

Oculus Rift is coming! That’s something we’ve known for a long time. What started as a humble crowd funding, quickly become a huge change in the industry and the company was then bought by Facebook, turning it into something even bigger that anyone could have imagined. DK1 and DK2 have been doing the rounds for a while now and Crescent Bay (CB) the latest iteration of the headset is currently wowing audiences who’ve been fortunate to demo the hardware.

Some very important things happened today during the VR Keynote at Facebook F8. Facebook demoed a space game running in VR using their Crescent Bay hardware in real-time and quite simply, it looked amazing. They then followed this up by saying “you’ll be able to play it this year”. This can mean the game is available or the hardware will be available, perhaps even both.

Later in the Keynote, they posted an image saying that Oculus will be launching soon. Soon to me, implies this year. I long believed that Oculus would reveal a further headset beyond CB for the CV1 hardware release, however, it now seems like CB is the model that first finds its way into the hands of consumers, most likely to better compete with the growing list of competing devices.

Check out the rest of our F8 coverage here.

Oculus Announces New Rift Prototype “Crescent Bay”

Prepare your eyeballs and senses ladies and gentlemen – the men and women leading the charge on VR technology have just publicly announced a new Oculus Rift prototype unit, codenamed “Crescent Bay”. The new prototype features improved 360-degree tracking and integrated audio, and even though the finalised consumer build still isn’t here yet – there’s a lot to like about the new prototype build. CEO Brendan Iribe said that the company is licensing 3-D audio technology from RealSense VR – which provides the wearer with a virtual world of audio. Iribe explained that integrated audio technology helps to create a more true-to-life surround sound experience. “This is still very, very early hardware and software, but it’s in a state that we’re ready to show you today.”

As part of the announcement, Oculus said that they had shipped over 100,000 units of its previous developer kits of the Rift VR headset. Iribe seems very impressed with the technological jump to “Crescent Bay” over the previous “DK2” prototype, quoting “Crescent Bay is a massive leap” that is “sprinting towards a consumer version.” The company – since been acquired by Facebook – is said to have doubled in staffing size, so hopefully we’ll be seeing the Oculus Rift consumer version on the horizon in the near future.

As of the time of writing, no pricing or release date for the Crescent Bay Rift prototype is available.