During an interview at the Game Developers Conference at the end of March, head of Oculus’ PC VR division Brendan Iribe stated that the Rift will remain the company’s flagship VR headset for “at least the next two years”. The report by The Verge also discussed the company’s future direction for inside-out tracking and glove-free hand tracking.
Since stepping down as Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe has lead the PC division of the company, a role focused on the day-to-day development of leading edge VR technology—so this estimated timeframe carries significant weight.
HTC has offered similar prescriptions, describing recently the likely generational cycle for VR headsets to sit somewhere between a smartphone and a games console, and there have been grand predictions for major technical advancements that are less than five years away. It seems likely that the two companies will continue to compete at the high-end of VR with similar schedules, although recent hints from HTC suggest a possible 2018 launch for next-generation hardware, such as Daniel O’Brien’s interview with Digital Trends, and Gabe Newell’s discussion about massive display advancements arriving in 2018 and 2019, and the expectation for integrated wireless by 2018.
In terms of wireless, Oculus is looking at both untethering the headset as well as removing the need for…