In an interview with’s Norm Chan, Nate Mitchell, VP of Product at Oculus VR, has stated that production is ramping up well for the company’s 2nd developer kit (DK2) and in fact they expect to ship 20-30,000 units in July.

The 2nd developer kit from Oculus was announced back at GDC with pre-orders shortly opening up after the announcement. At the time, demand was so high it brought Oculus’ order pages to their knees. As of now, the company estimates they’ve received circa 40,000 orders for the DK2 since it went on sale. To put that into perspective, throughout the entire run of production for Oculus’ DK1, they shipped around 60,000. That’s a great validation of Oculus’ vision and a real marker to their successful reboot of virtual reality.

Elsewhere, Nate also stated that their original pilot run which included some 100 developers has gone well, bearing fruits that are being shown at E3 this year. Nate said that their experience with their original Kickstarter funded DK1 production run has meant they’ve been able to speedily complete tooling and production for the DK2. And, as we’ve heard from Palmer Luckey, Founder of Oculus VR, elsewhere – when they’re consumer edition finally ships it will be as close to ‘cost’ as possible.

DK2 begins shipping in July and we’re on the pre-order list and will excitedly report on what it’s like as soon as we receive ours.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • baggyg

    This is the type of news I like to hear. There are a lot of delays going around so would be nice to see Oculus ship big numbers on time. I’m very high on the pre-order list so hopefully this will be earlier July than later.

  • Alkapwn

    This is so nice to hear! Never really had a doubt that they wouldn’t hit the shipping dates. It seems like they’ve gotten things figured out production wise having been through it once. I was really hoping that the Omni and the STEM would have been ready to ship with the DK2 in July. It would have been nice to have the whole setup to mess around with.

    As a pre-Kickstarter backer I’m freaking out in anticipation for this. Hoping to be among the very first people to get the official DK2 order.

  • Kemic

    … I so dearly hope I’m in that first 20k….