Virtual reality developer Oculus Rift has today announced the second version of their Oculus Rift development kit, sharing a number of similarities to the Crysal Cover prototype in terms of features.
Oculus showed the hardware to the press yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and the hardware has changed quite a lot. Gone is the multiple cables to connect the headset to computer, instead the devs have opted for a single cable that includes an HDMI and USB connection. The exposed infra-red lights seen in the Crystal Cove prototype have also been hidden behind the black plastic, making it look far closer to what a retail product is expected to be.
DK2 isn’t identical to the consumer Rift, but the fundamental building blocks for great VR are there. All the content developed using DK2 will work with the consumer Rift. And while the overall experience still needs to improve before it’s consumer-ready, we’re getting closer everyday — DK2 is not the Holodeck yet, but it’s a major step in the right direction.
Like the Crystal Cove prototype, DK2 uses a low persistence OLED display to eliminate motion blur and judder, two of the biggest contributors to simulator sickness. Low persistence also makes the scene appear more visually stable, increasing the potential for presence. The high-definition 960×1080 per-eye display reduces the screen-door effect and improves clarity, color, and contrast.
The new development kit has also implemented precise, low-latency positional head tracking through the use of an external camera that allows you to move with 6-degrees-of-freedom. Other changes include updated orientation tracking, a built-in latency tester, an on-headset USB accessory port, new optics, elimination of the infamous control box, a redesigned SDK and further optimized Unity and Unreal Engine 4 integrations.
Those eager to get their hands on the next rendition of virtual reality can find the pre-order page over here
. Currently Australian gamers eager to get their hands on virtual reality are looking at $460USD, roughly translating to $508AUS.