Post by Dan @ 07:52am 05/02/13 | 5 Comments
The team at Oculus has posted a new update on the status of their Kickstarter-funded virtual reality display hardware, The Rift, bringing word of a successful pilot run of their manufacturing process, and indicating that they're on target to start shipping completed kits to backers in March 2013.
The update also reveals a couple of new features for the Oculus Rift devkit hardware, intended to help glasses-wearers use the device more comfortably. The blog describes new removable eyecups, that can be switched in an out to assist users that suffer from short-sightedness, as well as an adjustable assembly that can extend and retract the lenses toward the user's face to accommodate different head shapes.
Oculus further explains that users who's vision-impairment is due to far-sightedness will be fine with the Rift, as it's optics are focussed at infinity, which makes your brain think it is looking at something far away.
The Kickstarter page update is also filled with a lot more details about the manufacturing process and photos of their progress.
Oculus Rift hardware is due to ship to initial Kickstarter backers in march 2013, with pre-order customers to follow in April. The device is primarily aimed at game developers, with a more feature-full consumer version planned to follow once games have been tailored for the new VR experience.