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Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Confirmed

Oculus VR has finally confirmed its second developer kit for its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. The company announced the new version of the device ahead of its GDC 2014 conference which takes place later today. DK2 will be shipping in July starting at $350.

As Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey confirmed in an announcement video, the new development kit boasts a low latency display with a higher framerate as well as low persistance and positional tracking, all of which was previously shown off in the company’s Cystal Cove prototype.

Oculus Chief Technology Engineer described the new positional tracking as sub-milimetre, picking up head movements from left to right, up and down and front and back. The low persistence display shows an image briefly before fading to black and showing the next image. This effect, combined with the increased framerate, helps significantly reduce issues with motion blur.

The original dev kit ran at 60FPS, and this version is higher running on an OLED screen, though a specific FPS wasn’t mentionned.

Oculus VR is taking pre-orders for the DK2 from today at a price of $350. It will ship in July. VRFocus will be bringing you all the latest on the new Oculus Rift kit as well as the conference later today.

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