This week has seen the first shipments of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display’s (HMD) second development kit (DK2) finally go out. With that release the company has issued a range of other relevant updates, including a new version of its software development kit (SDK) which launched earlier today. Also updated is the the Oculus Rift’s manual, which includes a slight error that the company has today amended.
As spotted by eagle-eyed Reddit user TitusCruentus, one line in the manuals ‘Use of the Project; License; Limitations’ states that DK2 owners “may use the headset to develop commercial software intended solely for use with the headset, provided that you may only distribute such software via distribution channels that have been approved by Oculus in writing.” This suggested a whole range of limitations for developers working with the headset.
Fortunately Oculus Rift designer Palmer Luckey himself stepped in to correct the issue shortly after it was flagged up. Luckey explained that the line had accidentally been copied into the DK2’s manual in the rush to release the device’s documentation. It was in fact only intended for ‘a few very close business partners’. Luckey then revealed an update to these terms and conditions that righted the wrong with the line: “As between you and Oculus, you shall own all right, title, and interest in any content that you create using the Product.”
“Sorry for causing a ruckus and taking a while to clarify, I wanted to make sure we fixed the problem before saying anything,” Luckey reasoned. “Actions speak louder than words.”
Developers and enthusiasts are starting to receive their DK2s now, with deliveries expected to keep on coming throughout August and September 2014 for later orders. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR’s progress going forward, reporting back with any more updates.