After a few relaxed weeks in terms of Oculus news after the presentation of Crescent Bay, a rumor jumps again on Reddit about the possible manufacture of the CV1. This time the news comes that Spectra7, which manufactures the VR7050 chip used in the Oculus Rift DK2, has received an order for 500,000 units of this chip and the VR7100 from an assembler of HMDs that they do not disclose.
According to the press release, the VR7100 takes care of the fast and minimum latency interconnections necessary in virtual reality, supporting various data transfer standards such as USB, Ethernet, SAS and proprietary protocols, while the VR7050 is capable of processing gestures and movements, which could indicate that Oculus is starting to buy parts to manufacture new devices and that perhaps it includes some kind of gesture recognition or capture.
And it is that last May, Wired claimed that Oculus was working on a second camera that could be integrated into the HMD itself. Valve used it to read external markers and implement absolute positioning without the need for an external camera, but the Oculus objective would be very different, such as being able to see the real world by pressing a button, or capture some gestures of the user, according to John Carmack himself.
Since 1 chip of each is used and the order is half a million, the numbers point to the manufacture of 250,000 units. For now there is nothing definitive and we would be very surprised if Oculus confirmed or denied if they are the ones who have placed this order, but the spark has already jumped and we all want to think that Oculus has started to move, if not to manufacture the CV1 en masse, at least to make a possible initial print run. And everyone is thinking about Oculus, but they are not the only ones who are developing this type of device either, so we really can’t be sure of anything.