On Saturday, those who pre-ordered the Oculus Rift DK2 (Development Kit 2) started receiving email notices to update their billing information. Oculus claims that the new units will ship starting on Monday. However, only a minimal amount of units will ship. It's likely that most virtual reality enthusiasts won't receive their units until late August or September.
The New Oculus Rift is a huge improvement over the previous Oculus Rift DK1, which only had a 640 x 800 pixel resolution per eye. The new Oculus Rift has a 960 x 1080 pixel resolution per eye. This means that the viewer will still notice pixels, but won't experience the "barn door" effect that they had with the first development kit. In addition, the new Oculus Rift has an OLED display, replacing the LCD display on the DK1--this allows for smoother motion.
The Oculus Rift is seen by many technology experts as the "iPod" of this decade, meaning that it is an absolutely groundbreaking device. The virtual reality headset has a motion tracker that makes the screen change according to where you look. There are many YouTube videos that show people using a roller coaster app that makes you feel exactly like you would while riding a roller coaster.
Recently, Facebook has acquired the Oculus Rift and that has made some people feel that the future of this device has been cheapened. However, as Los Angeles Industry Analyst Paul Mueller has told us, this is anything but true. Mueller says that the funding from Facebook will guarantee a robust future for the Oculus Rift project and the capabilities for the device and software will definitely be increased.
The final version of the Oculus Rift will be released sometime in 2015. By the time of the final release, each eye may have a higher resolution. Unlike previous video headsets, the Rift won't come with a hefty price tag. After all, the DK2 only costs $350. We will have a full look at the Oculus Rift DK2 when we receive our review unit.