Oculus VR is currently preparing to reach its next milestone as a company, shipping its second development kit for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) (DK2) next month. The updated device packs a 1080p OLED display as well as positional tracking that allows for six degrees of freedom head movement. But just how may units will the company manage to ship next month? According to company vp of product Nate Mitchell, it could be as many as 30,000 units.
Mitchell revealed as much in a recent interview with Tested at E3 2014. He first announced that the company had already shipped around 100 units to ‘key developers’, many of which had been used to create Oculus VR’s E3 demos, including the likes of SUPERHOT, Lukcy’s Tale, Alien: Isolation and EVE: Valkyrie. He revealed that mass production of the kit was currently underway, with members of the Oculus VR team currently in China.
“I think we’ll probably ship 20 to 30,000 units in July I believe. Don’t quote me too much on that but that’s the plan right now. And if you place an order today you should receive it in August.
Mitchell also revealed that the company had taken some 40,000 pre-orders for DK2, meaning it’s already approaching the 65,000 plus units that DK1 sold in roughly the space of a year. As for a consumer product, there’s still no word on when that might launch, though the company will obviously hope to top even these numbers with that release. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR’s progress and report back with any more updates.