New Oculus Rift Development Kits Are Coming
The next upcoming development kit from Oculus VR will be pumping some serious power when compared to the original. Officially announced at GDC 2014, “Development Kit 2” will be bringing a lot of the tech used in the “Crystal Cove” prototype set shown previously at CES 2014.
The Rift DK2 includes a 1080p OLED display (960×1080 resolution per eye) to create low persistence to eliminate motion blur and judder. It also has a built-in latency tester, for precise motion-to-photon latency measurement, as well as a refresh rate up to 75 Hz and 100-degree field of view.
For position tracking, the Rift DK2 uses an internal gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer, as well as an external CMOS USB camera. This camera tracks the position of the headset in 3D space for more accurate detection of body movement. The headset’s connection is the same as before, via USB and HDMI.
This new kit, while not officially the retail version, is considerably closer to the final release design than the previous iteration was. At $350, this dev kit is slightly more expensive than the original, likely due to the OLED display and the inclusion of the CMOS camera. Those interested in getting their hands on the Rift DK2 can pre-order on Oculus VR’s website now, with hardware expected to ship in July.