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First Oculus Rift DK2 Shipments Delayed

The launch of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset’s second development kit (DK2) hasn’t gone as smoothly as many had hoped this month. Having announced the kit to start shipping to those that pre-ordered the device in July 2014, news came in at the start that only a limited amount of kits would be shipping to the earliest of pre-orders, beginning this week. Now the company has delayed those initial shipments by another week.

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The news was delivered by Oculus VR’s cybereality via the official Oculus VR forums. “We’ve decided to hold the initial shipment of DK2s until the middle of next week so that we have an additional week to polish and QA the new Oculus SDK,” a post explaining the delay read.

“We’ve been working on this update for over a year, with a focus on making the Rift easier to use and develop for. There are multiple major improvements including overhauled device and display handling, and we want to make sure the new SDK ready for integration by thousands of developers when DK2s start arriving at doorsteps.”

The Oculus Rift DK2 improves on its predecessor, the DK1, with a 1080p OLED display that reduces latency and offers low-persistence head-tracking. Also included is a user-facing camera that tracks LEDs planted on the headset to have their head movements replicated in-game.

“Sorry to make everyone wait another week. We wouldn’t delay if it wasn’t important,” cybereality continued.

“The good news is that this only affects the very first group that would have received their units, and this doesn’t change the total number of units that will ship in July.

“Again, we’ll keep everyone posted. Thanks for bearing with us!”

It’s not clear specifically when next week these units will now go out, though the company is sure to update us when they have. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all news surrounding the Oculus Rift, updating you with the latest.