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Oculus VR releases Oculus Rift SDK v0.3.1, Reduces Latency and More

Oculus VR has released the latest version of its software development kit (SDK) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. Oculus SDK v0.3.1, as the company explains, is a Windows-only update that grants PC developers early access to a number of improvements and API. However the company has reassured that Mac and Linux users won’t be left out of future updates and that this version doesn’t completely prepare PC developers to the upcoming second developer kit (DK2). The new SDK can be downloaded on the company’s official website.


There are four main improvements in v0.3.1. The first is that Oculus VR has reorganised all headset and sensor interfaces to be exposed through a simplified C API. It also adds in an SDK Distortion Rendering mode as well as improving overall distortion quality by adapting the distortion function based on user configured eye relief. Finally, latency has been reduced through the introduction of the Timewarp rendering technique. A full list of upgrades can be found on the Oculus VR Developer Centre.

What the new version doesn’t include, as the company points out, is support for the DK2’s positional tracking. The upcoming headset will be able to track a user’s head movements in any direction when it ships in July. Oculus VR hasn’t said when the full DK2 SDK upgrade will be arriving, but you can expect it to be when the new kit starts shipping at the very latest. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all developments surrounding the Oculus Rift and bring you the latest.

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