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Oculus Rift DK2 is Slightly Heavier but Redesign due for Consumer Model

Oculus VR has confirmed that its second developer kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset is slightly heavier than the previous model. VP of Product Nate Mitchell confirmed as much speaking at the start of the company’s GDC presentation on developer for Oculus hardware, while confirming a redesign would take place for the eventual consumer release.

OculusDK2_1Taking a moment to discuss the shortcomings of DK2, Mitchell said the the entire body would be redesigned for the consumer version, effectively ‘upping the industrail design significantly’. Mitchell didn’t go into specifics about the actual weight difference between the two. DK2 does feature a smaller screen than the original kit, measuring at around 5 inches instead of the original 7, but also features positional tracking technology among other improvements.

Oculus VR announced DK2 of the Oculus Rift earlier today, confirming that it would ship in July 2014. The company is now taking pre-orders for the device, which costs $350. VRFocus will be reporting all the latest on the headset.