Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has spoken out about the price of the upcoming second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. Replying to a Reddit user’s comments, Luckey suggested that the next development kit would not be sold for a premium and that it would not cost 4 times the price of the eventual consumer version.
The response was issued to Reddit user bobcat who recently posted that, with regards to DK2, “Anyone who does not think that selling DK2 for a premium is a good idea is delusional” and that DK2 “will also cost 3 or 4 times the CV1 [consumer version] retail price.”
Palmer addressed both of these statements in his reply. To the first claim he noted, “I don’t think selling DK2 for a premium is a good idea,” followed by a simple “no” to the suggestion that DK2 would cost 3 or 4 times as much as the consumer version. He did not, however, offer any suggestion as to what the price of the kit would really be.
Earlier today Oculus VR announced that it would be suspending the sale of its original Rift development kit due to certain components “no longer being manufactured”. This news, paired with a tease of the future of Oculus hardware at its upcoming Games Developer Conference 2014 presentation, has sparked speculation that DK2 is soon to be made available. VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of DK2 and report back as it happens.