GDC 2018: Oculus’ Santa Cruz Dev Kit Gets Two New Images

by Jamie Feltham • March 21st, 2018

Oculus’ Santa Cruz standalone VR headset is finally making its debut to developers at the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week but, for those of you at home, the company has got a few new images of the device to enjoy, too.

These images were labelled as ‘Santa Cruz Dev Kit’ when we got them from Oculus. That said, given that the company has already teased new controllers for the device today, it’s not clear if this will be the exact device that should be landing on developer’s doorsteps later this year. Either way, it’s further proof that Santa Cruz looks like a slick piece of kit even in its prototype phase.

Unlike the Oculus Go, which should launch within the next few weeks, Santa Cruz offers full six degrees of freedom (6DOF) inside-out tracking using a set of cameras mounted to the device. A release this year is unlikely, but hopefully we’ll see a near-final version as 2018 moves on.

 

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  • Jim P

    Hope on the final product it has a better chip.

    • Przemo-c

      Dev units started shipping so who knows. What does it have currently inside?

      • Rogue Transfer

        Dev units are not shipping yet – from the article above: “should be landing on developer’s doorsteps later this year.”

        • Firestorm185

          Still excited for it either way.

      • Jim P

        Last talk was it had what my S8 has. Last gen.

  • Courtney A Jeff

    What about magic leap,it looks cool.So will Santa Cruz just be a cordless vr that needs the pc?

    • Firestorm185

      Nope, it’s like a slightly more powerful Oculus Go, just with 6DOF and hand controllers. From what they’ve said, it’ll have all the computing power you need to run decent VR titles right on the headset. ^^

      • Courtney A Jeff

        Will it use the oculus library for the oculus games or gear vr?

        • Firestorm185

          We’re not sure yet, they haven’t said since it’s so new and kind of new ground. It’d be my guess that it would be both, just depending on what games get support first.

          • Courtney A Jeff

            Would you get a new Google cardboard called Google paper which is a vr headset made from individual recycled envelopes or a gear ar?

          • Firestorm185

            Eh, waht?

          • It’s your fault for engaging him in the first place.

    • dk

      wut? ….ML doesn’t do vr ….it’s about max 50 degrees fov transparent image
      Santa Cruz runs off the phone like mobile hardware inside it….any possibility of a connection with a pc won’t be a great experience and won’t be an approved application by oculus …..they will have dedicated mobile apps/games experiences for it …..not the games u can play on a rift

    • Nobody answer him, please.

  • dk

    was it mentioned if it will have the fixed foviation that will be in the Go …..most likely yes right

  • Xron

    Hope it will use Snapdragon 845 and cost south of 500$.

    • I hope that too!

    • G-man

      even the cheapest phone with a snapdragon 845 is like $525.

  • Cool