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Oculus Releases Rift SDK 0.3.2, Brings Mac & Linux Devs Up To Speed

Oculus VR has released the next version of its software development kit (SDK) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset for all the download. The update, titled v0.3.2 brings the improvements and APIs added to the PC version of the SDK in v0.3.1 over to both Mac and Linux. The last release was a Windows-only affair, serving as a ‘preview release’ to give developers early access to some of these improvements before the release of the upcoming second developer kit (DK2) in July 2014.

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The update lists three highlights: Mac and Linux support for the SDK, Mac and Linux support for Oculus – Unity integration, and improved GL performance and stability. The company was quick to note that this release did not include such additions as support for the DK2’s positional tracking, which uses a camera to track LEDs on the headset so that a user can move his headset in any direction and have it replicated in-game.

It’s just over a month now until the DK2 starts shipping to developers that pre-ordered the device. The new kit was revealed last March at the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) and also includes a 1080p OLED screen that reduces latency for head tracking and low persistence to combat issues such as motion blur. VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of the Oculus Rift DK2 and report back with the latest updates.