Oculus VR ‘Wrapping Up DK2’, Addresses Consumer Release Rumours

Oculus VR has revealed that it is close to finishing the creation of its second developer kit for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. Speaking on Reddit, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey stated that the company was ‘wrapping up’ work on DK2 while addressing recent rumours about the release window of the consumer version.

PalmerLuckey_1Luckey responded to a report on NPR that had claimed the Oculus creators had confirmed an ’18 – 20 month’ release window for the device , although that excerpt has since been removed. The report originated from the South By South West (SXSW) Gaming festival, where Oculus VR had held a panel earlier in the week.

“Don’t know where this came from,” Luckey stated.

“Our best guess: Nate [Mitchell] and I were talking with Laura about how some people think that Oculus has been showing prototypes for years, when in reality, the company has only existed for about 2 years. Nate actually corrected me at the time, saying it’s actually less, between 18-20 months. That would line up pretty well with Laura’s piece.
Bottom line: 18-20 months from now would be Sept. to Nov. 2015. We don’t have anything planned with hard dates that far in advance, especially not in such a tight window.”

The release date of the consumer version of the Rift is one of the most commonly asked questions for the Oculus team. In fact, Luckey had to clarify that they would not be announcing any news on such a date at the start of the company’s panel.

“Right now, we’re focused on wrapping up DK2 and getting that out to developers ASAP,” Luckey concluded. “Good news soon!”

Next week sees the Game Developers Conference 2014 take place. Oculus VR will be there with an official presentation scheduled for 19th March. Could this be where we hear Luckey’s ‘good news’? VRFocus will be at the event to bring you all the latest on the Oculus Rift and more.