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Story of the Day 1/7/2014: Oculus Rift Shows Off New Prototype “Crystal Cove”

Posted by garrett Tuesday January 7 2014 at 5:31PM
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If you play PC games, or any games for that matter you are watching CES closely today. The first day of the show has had some really great announcements. Unless you are Michael Bay who walked off the stage yesterday, there is a lot to talk about. The Oculus Rift makes our Story of the Day today with the announcement of “Crystal Cove” their new prototype.

Crystal Cove brings two new features to the virtual reality headset. The first is Positional Tracking. This will allow the player wearing the headset to move, duck, dodge etc. as a small camera picks up dots on the Rift system itself. Now players can move their heads in the 3D space. The best part is the price will not be increased significantly and it will be included in the Oculus hardware package. The demo at CES today was done using the Unreal Engine 4 to show off the features.

The next feature on the Crystal Cove is the OLED panel. This prototype basically blinks the pixels onto the screen at very high speeds. This creates a term called “low persistence” which drastically cuts down on motion blur. The 3D world soon seems much more real.  

These two elements may not be some great MMO design mechanic, but what they do is to continue to push the bounds of virtual reality for video games. With CCP working on Valkyrie using the Oculus system and Rift mods popping up all over for games like Skyrim, there will be a lot to look forward too. Of all the announcements coming out of CES this one got our attention quickly. The main reason is that many games will be making the leap to VR in the near future and Oculus does a lot to support developers with their product. We demoed the Rift last year at GDC and E3 and loved what we saw. Now it is just a matter of putting it all together.

The good news is that this amazing piece of hardware will hopefully arrive by the end of 2014. Yes Please! If anything we should have a lot more hands on and coverage coming up this year at GDC, PAX, and E3. 

Grakulen writes: Better get health insurance. After using the Rift the last thing I want to do is actually stand up and move around with one of these headsets on. Tue Jan 07 2014 8:47PM Report
Wizardry writes:

It is a cool idea,but seeing what i have from developers,i don't see anyone adding anything like this for a very long time,at least not in a MMORPG.

Eve's combat system would do nothing to benefit from VR,it is ships that have no animated parts to move around.Geesh you don't really even have a player,just a 2d screen.

I wouldn't want this for pvp because it would cause huge latency issues between players.It is a really cool concept for PVE and interacting with the world.

I see it taking another 10+ years before it is a solid product for pvp between players.Geesh i saw destructive surfaces years ago and thought we would have it by now in all games and we still have nothing,so this is going to take a long time for MMORPG's to benefit from.

Tue Jan 07 2014 9:28PM Report
keithian writes: Unlike 3D which never really caught on (though I like it on my home TV and on the PS4), I think this is the evolution gaming is waiting for. I think it is going to eventually be big, but it will be much bigger when it can stand on its own rather than rely on a PC or any other device to function. I'm very excited about the Rift and have been for quite some time. Tue Jan 07 2014 9:39PM Report
Terranah writes:

I will be getting this the instant a consumer version is released.  There are many potential applications in addition to gaming too.  My only question would be with how to use an interface if I have the goggles on my head. 


If I'm playing with mouse and keyboard I won't be able to see my fingers.  Hmmm.  That's the only part I'm really confused about.

Wed Jan 08 2014 10:27AM Report
delta9 writes:

ps4/xbox one next gen or simply upgraded systems (ala buying a new pc)


OR is tthe rue next generation and ofcourse its coming to PC (master race) first!

Wed Jan 08 2014 11:56AM Report writes:
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