Oculus working on next-gen 'Santa Cruz' wireless VR HMD

Oculus teases wireless VR headset with codename 'Santa Cruz'

@anthony256
Published Fri, Oct 7 2016 1:44 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:58 AM CST

Oculus had plenty to share at their annual Oculus Connect 3 developer conference, with the push of Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) allowing for lower-end GPUs to get in the VR game with $499 gaming PCs that are VR-ready powered by the AMD Radeon RX 470.

The more exciting news that Oculus had for the future was a tease that they're working on a new VR headset codenamed Santa Cruz, which is a completely untethered VR experience. Oculus CEO and co-founder Brendan Iribe said during the conference that wireless VR is something that Oculus is working on, and that Santa Cruz is the first step towards wireless VR.

Oculus working on next-gen 'Santa Cruz' wireless VR HMD | TweakTown.com

The video does a really poor job of showing what Santa Cruz is all about, apart from the rear of the Rift having something inside hardware-wise, but we don't know what exactly just yet. The head movement wasn't matched with the game they were playing from what I saw, and an out-of-focus camera doesn't provide a professional feel from a company acquired for $2 billion.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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