The Develop Conference 2014 in Brighton, UK has proved to be an eventful one for the virtual reality (VR) industry. The developer-centric event has hosted a range of talks on developing VR content from the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) London’s David Ranyard, and nDreams CEO Patrick O’Luanaigh. Not only that, but the annual Develop Awards, hosted during the conference, have recognised Oculus Rift creator Oculus VR, awarding the company its Technical Innovation prize.
The company secured the win with its second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift. Shipping to pre-order customers this month, the DK2 includes a range of improvements over its predecessor, including a 1080p OLED display that lowers the latency when using the device’s head tracking and reduces motion blur using low persistence technology. Also new is the positional tracking, using a user-facing camera that tracks LEDs planted on the headset, and allows users head movements to be replicated within an experience.
The Oculus Rift compatible Unity Engine also won an award for its respective category. Those that first pre-ordered the DK2 are expected to receive the kit within the next few weeks. With its production out of the way, Oculus VR is thought to now be focusing on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, though specific details on that device are yet to be revealed. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all news surrounding VR, bringing you the latest on the industry.