The Oculus Rift DK2, In-Depth Review and DK1 Comparison

The long wait is over, the next generation Oculus Rift is here and it's a giant leap over what has come before. The second iteration of Oculus VR's VR Headset, the Development Kit 2 represents the culmination of many months of cutting-edge research and progress since the company released its DK1 to Kickstarter backers back in March 2013. The DK2's enhancements include a higher resolution panel, up from 1280x800 to 1920x1080 (1080p) and moved to a pentile matrix, OLED panel for display duties. … Read the full article …

We Play Elite: Dangerous in the DK2 – In-Depth Hands-On Video

A couple of days ago, I asked you - our dear readers - what you'd most us to try once we received our Oculus Rift DK2s (mine arrived yesterday). Elite:Dangerous has been consistently among the highest requested games you guys would like to see played using that glorious OLED panel and positional tracking. Your wish is our command! After some tinkering, and a little help from an anonymous source, I managed to get Elite: Dangerous running with full positional tracking - and let me tell you, … Read the full article …

News Bits: Warner Bros. Promotes ‘Into the Storm’ With Oculus Rift DK2 Mixed Reality Experience at Comic Con (video)

A number of Oculus Rift experiences have popped up at this week's annual Comic Con event in San Diego. At least one, a promotional demo for Warner Bros. new film Into the Storm,  is confirmed to use the just-released Oculus Rift DK2 VR headset for a promotional mixed reality experience. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift DK2 Unboxing Video

As promised, Road to VR's first DK2 has arrived and, despite my strong urge to rip open the carton like a maniac, I managed restraint long enough to film this short (and somewhat rushed) unboxing video. Apologies for some out of focus moments here - I've added annotations to the video where I missed info or blatently forgot what I was talking about. There's already a more detailed photo based unboxing to come which will also include my first impressions on the DK2. Early preview: it doesn't … Read the full article …

News Bits: First Report of Oculus Rift DK2 Arrival Comes From China

The production version of the Oculus Rift DK2 is officially in developer hands. The first report of an Oculus Rift DK2 delivery comes from China. … Read the full article …

Oculus SDK 0.4.0 Beta Now Available for Windows, New Display Option Reduces Latency

After delaying the shipment of the first batch of Oculus Rift DK2 units, to afford an extra week of SDK polish, Oculus VR has now made available the latest version of the Rift SDK. The new Oculus SDK 0.4.0 beta adds the all-important positional tracking support, a separate Oculus Runtime package, and more. … Read the full article …

We’ll Have Our Oculus Rift DK2 Within 24 Hours, What Would You Like Us to Try?

Well, it seems Oculus Rift DK2 fever is upon us. As we reported yesterday, the first batches of Oculus VR's 2nd development kit are now shipping to lucky pre-order owners across the world. It seems that DK2's have been sat waiting in fulfilment centres just waiting for the nod from Oculus engineers who wanted to ensure the latest SDK that supports the DK2 was ready for prime time. … Read the full article …

Oculus VR Updates ‘Best Practices Guide’ for VR Development With Positional Tracking Section as Rift DK2 Begins Shipping

Oculus VR's 'Best Practices Guide' collects the latest research on comfortable VR game design into one place to give developers a head start. As the first Oculus Rift DK2 units are shipping out, the company has updated the guide with a new section focusing on positional tracking. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift DK2 Pre-Orders Now Shipping – Breaking

After what seems like a very long wait (but in fact is only about 4 months) and at least one self-imposed delay (to resolve last minute SDK issues), it looks as if the first set of lucky DK2 pre-order owners are finally receiving joyful emails from Oculus stating that shipment is now imminent. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Facebook’s $2Bn Acquisition of Oculus VR Now Complete

It's hard to overestimate the impact the news that Facebook, the social media behemoth, had agreed to acquire Oculus VR an 18 month old startup that Kickstarted virtual reality. Although it's fair to say that there's probably no one working for Oculus with illusions about how the news might first be greeted, I suspect more than a few were surprised at the severity and swiftness of the VR community's reaction. There were mock pictures of DK1's being burned, reports emerged of DK2 pre-orders … Read the full article …

News Bits: Ambitious New BMX VR Simulator For Oculus Rift Emerges

Chances are, if you remember virtual reality's first, ultimately abortive attempt to gain traction back in the 90s, you'll also be a child of the 80s. This means you lived through (and survived) drainpipe jeans, luminous socks, Footloose, Ronald Reagan and BMX Bikes. The latter of course never really went away and found it's place among fans across the world where the specific type of cycling style lives on. A small team of developers who still hold a burning passion for the sport are working … Read the full article …

News Bits: New Radial-G Demo With DK2 and Mac Support Due For ‘Soft’ Release Next Week

Both Ben Lang and I have confessed our love for the classic anti-gravity futuristic racing franchise 'Wipeout', and recently Ben waxed enthusiastic about a new Oculus Rift title from UK based developers Tammeka Games. The company launched a £50k Kickstarter for the VR supporting futuristic racer, heavily influenced by Wipeout and F-Zero GX. Tammeka Games just sent an update to backers stating that a demo supporting both Mac OSX and the soon to be released Oculus Rift DK2 is due for a 'soft' … Read the full article …

Surgeon Uses Oculus Rift On Patients, Streams Operation Using Google Glass

One of the joys of writing about reporting from the cutting-edge of a newly reborn technology like virtual reality is that you're constantly being surprised as what people are finding to do with it. Almost weekly there's some innovation taking VR in yet another direction I'd not yet considered. Well, here's one more. Surgery of any kind is by definition invasive and traumatic and the process can be an incredibly stressful experience for some patients. Those operations that can be performed … Read the full article …