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Oculus VR begins shipping first Oculus Rift DK2 units

Oculus VR begins shipping first Oculus Rift DK2 units

The Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 (DK2) hardware has left the factory, with the first 5,000 lucky customers due to receive theirs by month's end.

Facebook-owned Oculus VR has announced that the first of its second-generation virtual reality headsets, known as the Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 or DK2, are due to begin shipping to the earliest customers towards the middle of the month.

Following massive success on the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform and millions in private venture capital, Oculus VR was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in March this year. In that same month, the company opened pre-orders for the DK2, which boasts improved head-tracking and higher resolution display panels than the original Oculus Rift headset while still retaining software compatibility with its predecessor.

Despite warnings that the DK2 is, as its name suggests, designed for use by developers rather than as a retail product, orders have been brisk. Oculus VR has confirmed that it has received over 45,000 pre-orders, and that the first batch has left the manufacturing facility and is heading to distribution centres now for receipt by the first in the queue on the week commencing the 14th of July.

For those who didn't hit the pre-order button fast enough, there could still be a considerable wait: the company expects to produce 10,000 DK2 headsets in July, approximately half of which will have found their way to customers by the end of the month. The remaining 40,000 buyers will have to wait - and a delay in production means that even those that were previously promised a July shipping date may need to wait until August to get their hands on the hardware.

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Star*Dagger 3rd July 2014, 20:13 Quote
The single most important development in PC Gaming since the graphics card. I have 5 different models sitting here, including a specially calibrated DK2
Nexxo 3rd July 2014, 21:17 Quote
I concur. And jealous like you wouldn't believe.
rainbowbridge 3rd July 2014, 22:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
The single most important development in PC Gaming since the graphics card. I have 5 different models sitting here, including a specially calibrated DK2

Hi Star

Is there any chance you could do a few pictures and make a fun update to the oculus thread here:
http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=258582&page=12

just give some comments about the Dk2 like if you enjoy it, any demos you recommend, just your personal feelings about it and stuff, would be cool.

thanks
;)
Parge 3rd July 2014, 23:07 Quote
Got one coming..... but not til August! Cannot wait!
Stanley Tweedle 4th July 2014, 11:44 Quote
Guess I will be selling my Track IR 4 and 2 sets of Nvidia 3d vision 2 glasses and controller.
Griffter 7th July 2014, 14:48 Quote
im patiently waiting, ordered my DK2 last month, can anyone say when do you think i will get my order :'(?

i believe on the rift site they said i should get my kit end august (which i then laughed at that statement).
end september looking good for me or december?
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