In an Interview with Engadget, recently appointed Oculus VR CTO John Carmack confirms possible new specifications for an as yet unannounced Developer Kit Mark II.
Next Gen, On Schedule
Speaking with Engadget’s Ben Gilbert, Carmack talked about his work at Oculus VR and the projects currently underway. With the exception of a ‘secret project’ he was very clear he couldn’t discuss, Carmack was surprisingly candid.
Firstly, the long rumoured existence of a new revision of the Oculus Rift Develop Kit (DK2) was seemingly confirmed for the first time — not only that, but this new unit would include a higher resolution panel and positional tracking. The only other evidence currently available for the existence of a Oculus Rift DK2 was the leaked slides from April’s GTC Conference. The story, as broken by PCPer.com, shows one of the slides with a tentative timeline for the Rift’s evolution and eventual consumer release (below image courtesy PCPer.com).
As you can see, the slide indicates a launch window for the 2nd Developer Kit (DK2) as Q3 2013 – right around now. Could Carmack’s comments indicate an imminent official release of a new 1080p developer kit with positional tracking to set developers up for next year’s consumer model?