Artistic director Mark Sisson recently revealed that the Oculus Rift VR headset was on track for its first commercial release by 2019, and now, he’s giving you the scoop on what it could look like.
“We’re going to get it out there by the end of 2019,” he said in a new interview with the Verge.
“I’m going to be in a room in the middle of Tokyo with a bunch of Oculus Rift developers and be able to see the first prototype of a Rift headset.
And they’ll be able tell you exactly what the experience is going to look like.”
The headset is expected to be priced between $300 and $400, but the Verge reports that the company will announce pricing “in the next few weeks.”
It’ll likely be an affordable version that looks similar to the Oculus DK2, but it’ll be more powerful, with a wider field of view, and a more powerful camera.
It’s also likely to be compatible with existing VR headsets like the Oculus Touch and HTC Vive.
“There are a lot of interesting possibilities with that,” Sisson said.
“So there are a bunch we’re going for.”
The Oculus Rift will also be compatible, though Sisson doesn’t know if it will be as flexible as the DK2 or a better headset, like the HTC Vive, or if it’ll still be compatible at all.
“The Oculus Rift is a product that’s a hybrid between the current consumer Rift and the next generation Rift,” he added.
“It’s a lot like the Rift, but with an upgraded camera, more processing power, and more powerful software.
And it’s going to have the best of both worlds.”
The Oculus headset was originally created by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2014.
It was designed to bring virtual reality to the masses, but Sisson says that it’s already a huge success, with more than 100 million people using it since its release.
In an interview with TechCrunch, Sisson admitted that the current generation of Oculus headsets have “not done a great job of meeting consumer expectations,” and he’s confident that the Rift 2 will do just that.
“The consumer Rift is the one that’s doing really well.
But the consumer Rift has a lot more problems.
There’s a ton of issues there.
But we’re getting the consumer product closer to the consumer, which is really exciting,” he explained.
“And I think we’ll be on the road to the Rift 3.”