Facebook’s Oculus developer documentation website leaked the code name for a future headset, with a new controller, and the existence of a ‘First Access’ program for some developers.
The text showed up on several pages of the developer documentation, with the following message. It was first spotted in a screenshot posted to reddit. UploadVR verified the pages that contained this message and took screenshots:
Oculus headsets in development have been given public code names since early 2014, when the company revealed Crystal Cove which would go on to become Development Kit 2.
The names are chosen from California coastal beaches and cities:
- Crystal Cove became the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2
- Crescent Bay became the Oculus Rift
- Half-Moon became the Oculus Touch controllers
- Project Pacific became Oculus Go
- Project Santa Cruz was the project to bring a Rift-like experience to standalone
- Monarch was the name for early Santa Cruz prototypes (before even OC3)
- Monterey was the codename for the Oculus Quest
Del Mar: Oculus Quest’s Successor?
The documentation for the mobile input API indicates (at present time of writing) that ‘Del Mar’ is in fact a mobile (likely standalone) VR headset, with a new controller codenamed ‘Jedi’:
ovrControllerCaps_ModelOculusTouch = 0x00004000, //< Oculus Touch Controller For Oculus Quest ovrControllerCaps_ModelOculusJedi = 0x0000C000, //< Oculus Jedi Controller For Oculus Del Mar
Since Facebook indicated that an Oculus Go successor would likely use controller-free hand tracking, this would suggest that this is an entry in the Oculus Quest line- a logical step given the success of the Quest platform relative to Rift and Go.
We reached out to Facebook for comment, but a representative would only confirm that Del Mar is indeed a beach city in California.
Editor’s Note Added March 21: Featured image on this post is a Facebook Reality Labs prototype called Half Dome 2 first revealed at the Oculus Connect 6 developer conference, and you can read more about it here.