During an interview with Wearable, Vice President of Content at Oculus Jason Rubin predicted that standalone VR headsets wouldn’t be able to match the technical capability and power that the Rift provides.
Rubin estimated 2 years before standalone VR will catch up, citing the technological requirements for VR headsets to run smoothly on a desktop (powerful graphics card, multiple fans, battery size) outweighing the specifications of what standalone VR is currently capable of.
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Oculus debuted their prototype standalone VR headset named Santa Cruz last year, which does inside out tracking and requires no separate sensors. Completely untethered, Santa Cruz doesn’t need to be hooked up to a computer but it is not the next Rift mk 2.
In the interview, Rubin stresses that the Rift 2 will not be released anytime soon after the recent $399 Oculus summer discount caused signs that new hardware might be on the horizon.
“On PC we see this first generation Rift having long legs, long lifespan,” said Mitchell, “and we’re investing in content for 2018, 2019, and that’s all going to be playable on Rift.”
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