Oculus Rift Santa Cruz Prototype; Standalone Room-scale Tracking
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased the wireless Oculus Rift Santa Cruz Prototype at Oculus Connect 2016. He claims that this new prototype will feature standalone room-scale tracking which is a huge deal when it comes to VR and AR. Microsoft has been working on this for their HoloLens and now word has it that Oculus is also looking into this technology. Needless to say, this will be a game changer for both VR and AR especially if you consider gaming.
What is the Oculus Rift Santa Cruz Prototype you ask? Well, it is a modified version of the traditional Rift but it has onboard computer, display, and tracking. There is a slight bump on the rear. This is where the battery is and the small tiny computer powering the visuals, audio, and tracking. The faceplate is also a bit different as it has small camera lenses coming out at each of the four corners. This is what maps the room.
If you have played VR games before then you know that bumping things in real life is a huge pain and it breaks immersion. This is the whole idea behind the Oculus Rift Santa Cruz Prototype standalone room-scale tracking will allow you to be wireless and will help you avoid bumping into things. Hence you will truly be immersed in your VR experience.
This is why we are so excited about this new development. This will change the name of the game for sure. The people who have had a go at this device claim that it is better than any VR experience that they have had so far, even better than the PS VR. That is a bold claim to make, but if that is indeed the case then this could be great news for team Oculus.
Have you bumped into anything recently? What do you think about the Rift Santa Cruz Prototype?