Prototype of virtual reality headset doubles number of visible pixels

E3 2013: Oculus Rift prototype shows 1080p HD support

Oculus has revealed a new prototype for its virtual reality headset featuring 1080p HD resolution support.

The start-up said the prototype dev kit of the Oculus Rift demonstrated the full potential for high-definition VR.

The tech more than doubles the number of visible pixels through the headset, which the company said greatly reduced the “screen-door effect” seen in the normal development kit. The prototype also improved brightness, contrast and colour.

Despite supporting 1080p HD however, Oculus noted that the tech is not a product, and this is not necessarily the display that will be used in the final consumer release, but just a taste of what’s to come.

“The 1080p prototype isn’t a product – this isn’t necessarily the display (or even the resolution) that we’ll use for the consumer version – it’s simply a taste of what’s coming,” read a statement on the Oculus blog.

“Developers can continue building Oculus-ready content with the development kit; the Oculus SDK will automatically handle the resolution and distortion changes for the consumer version.”

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