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Oculus Rift DK1 Upgrade Kit RiftUP! Launches IndieGoGo Campaign

A new company is offering a unique service for owners of the first development kit (DK1) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. RiftUP! has launched a crowd sourcing campaign via IndieGoGo for its upgrade kit that replaces the stock DK1 screen with a new 1080p LCD panel. The company is asking for $10,000 USD to help fund the project which, at the time of writing, has already made $7,130.

20140327110101-RiftUP_DK1_comparison_SightLineThe company promises that its installation is simple to carry out and reversible at any time. It won’t require any additional cables of damage to the DK1 headset and will come with instructions on what to do. Seeing as it’s a simple screen replacement, RiftUP! will be compatible with all Oculus Rift supported software. The company hopes to start shipping kits in 3 – 4 weeks time.

Crucially, backers of the project can grab a RiftUP! kit for $259. That’s just over $90 cheaper than the recently announced Oculus Rift DK2, which comes with a 1080p OLED panel. Of course, the kit won’t implement the positional tracking that is a major feature of the new official kit. A $599 backer option will net you a handcrafted version that will ship in the next few days. VRFocus will follow the campaign and kit’s progress and report back with all the latest.

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