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Oculus Rift CEO: Retail Version Is Only ‘Months Away’
Speaking at the Web Summit 2014 in Dublin, Oculus Rift CEO Brendan Iribe has said that he believes the first retail version of the VR headset, Crescent Bay, is “close” and “largely finalized for a consumer product.”
“We’re all hungry for it to happen,” says Iribe. “We’re getting very close. It’s months, not years away, but many months.”
“We’ve gone out there and set this bar and said, ‘We want to get it right.’ We don’t want it to be four or five years. We’re eager for this to happen.”
One of the device’s biggest issues, reports TheNextWeb, is developing an effective input. Iribe believes the current generation of mice, keyboards, and controllers aren’t suitable for VR.
Iribe also went on to describe the significant changes that have taken place at the company since it was purchased from Facebook in March. Staff has grown from 75 people to 200, and focus shifting not from direct competition but from poorly designed products that can negatively impact VR as a whole.
“We’re a little worried about bigger companies putting out products that aren’t ready. Disorientation and motion sickness is the elephant in the room. We’re encouraging big companies not to put out a product before it’s ready.”