Oculus Rift DK2

oculus development kit 2

On August 1 2012, Oculus was launching a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise money for the development of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. Over 9,500 backers pledged for more than $2,400,000 and the project was brought to life. And the first Development Kit arrived towards the end of the year and those who pledged for it received a Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift. In the mid 2014 was released the DK2 and the game developers can still buy it from Amazon at a price of $1,295. But, is it worth spending so much money on the final developer kit of the virtual reality headset?

The answer is Yes, because even if it might sound as a cliché, the future is here and everyone will want to play VR games. Currently, there are over 200 names on the list, being created with the help of the two developer kits, but in this article we’ll talk about the second edition.

The DK2 is an improvement to the “Crystal Cove” prototype, as it supports a higher resolution of 960×1080 per eye on its low persistence OLED display (it eliminates motion blur and judder, in order to eliminate simulator sickness) which runs at a higher refresh rate of 75hz. The body measures 33 x 373 x 177 mm and it weights 2,267 Kg, it has a detachable cable and a tracking camera plus embedded IR LEDs, so that the wearer’s movements can be tracked.

From March 2014 until February 2015, Oculus has sold over 100,000 DK2 units throughout the world, despite of its high price. In March, this year, the Consumer Edition of the Oculus Rift will be shipped to those who pre-ordered it starting with January 6. The price of the VR headset will be $600, but the customers are advised to buy also a high end gaming computer with a powerful processor and graphics processing units.

Sources: RoadToVR & Wikipedia