Oculus VR Announces Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 Availability

For as much hype as the Oculus Rift has garnered, it's almost impossible to believe that the actual product still isn't out. Yes, prototypes have been around, but a finalized edition for the masses has yet to see the light of day. Of course, perfecting the art of virtual reality is no small chore, and it looks as if the team is getting tantalizingly close to placing the finishing touches on the future of gaming.

This week, the company announced the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2). It's been a year since the original dev kit shipped out, and a lot has been improved. All of the content developed using DK2 will work with the eventual consumer Rift. There's a 960 x 1080 (per-eye) dispay, as well as "low-latency positional head tracking using an external camera that allows you to move with 6-degrees-of-freedom and opens up all sorts of new gameplay opportunities like peering around corners, leaning in to get a closer look at objects in the world, and kicking back on a virtual beach."

DK2 also includes 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. The DK2 unit will be $350 at launch, and pre-orders are open now. As for the wait? The first units will begin shipping in July. 
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