The second edition of the Oculus Rift development kit (aka DK2) was revealed at the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) back in March of this year. Immediately available to pre-order, Oculus VR stated at that time that the DK2 hardware would begin shipping in July. True to their word, the virtual reality (VR) pioneer has confirmed that the Oculus Rift DK2 is now on it’s way out of the factory and into developers’ hands.
“The first batch of official DK2s have left the manufacturing facility and are making their way to our distribution centers now.” Stated Oculus VR community moderator Andres Hernandez, aka cybereality, on the official Oculus VR forums. “We expect to ship roughly 10,000 DK2s from the factory in July, with just over half of the units through distribution centers and on their way to doorsteps before the end of the month. The very first units are expected to reach developers the week of July 14th.”
This number of units is significantly down on Oculus VR’s original estimate, in which Nate Mitchell, VP of Product at Oculus VR, suggested that ’20 to 30,000′ units would ship in July. The latest update from Oculus VR does offer a brief explanation as to the delay:
“We’re now over 45,000 DK2 pre-orders, which is incredibly exciting. That said, we’re slightly behind in manufacturing and there’s currently a high chance that some developers with estimated shipping in July may not have their DK2s shipped until August. We have a team in China working on continued ramp of production at our factory, and we’ll work our way through the queue as fast as we can.” Offers cybereality’s post on the official Oculus VR forums.
Some development studios have in fact already received their DK2 units, including Three One Zero and Untold Games. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on the DK2 hardware and the shipping process for these 45,000 pre-orders.