Virtual Reality used to be a trend that had soon fizzled out. It seems to be making a comeback, with the Oculus Rift turning it from a passing fad to something often being referred to as “The Next Big Thing”. Oculus was even bought by Facebook earlier.
After various prototypes and a development kit, starting from the models held together by tape to the modern marvels we have today, Oculus is going to start to ship the new Development Kit (DK2) to those who pre-ordered it earlier.
It had been opened for pre-order earlier with a price tag of $350. The pre-orders amounted to a massive 45,000. However, not all will receive the new DK2 Kits right away. Due to manufacturing constraints, only the first 10,000 pre-orders will see the new kits being shipped in July. The remaining kits will be shipped around August.
The DK2 Kit offers lots of improvements over the earlier kit. It has a Full-HD (1080p) screen, while the original Development Kit only has a HD (720p) screen, so it is sharper and so more immersive than the original Development Kit. Also, various sensors for tracking head-movements are present, so that your head-movements ae mapped out in the game, so as to reduce the feeling of nausea often caused due to Virtual Reality.
It is great to see that the Oculus Rift has reached this stage. If it continues at this pace, then we may see a consumer version soon.