Oculus SDK 0.4.2 Beta Released

It’s coming up to two months now since Oculus VR started to ship the second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The company has launched a range of updates for its software development kit (SDK) since the release, and recently launched yet another new version. Oculus SDK 0.4.2 is now available for all developers registered to the company’s website to use, and comes with several new highlights to improved development.


Firstly, an issue with the Oculus VR service not launching automatically on some hardware has been adressed with the inclusion of a OVRServiceLauncher Windows service. There’s also a new chroma setting which improves ‘chromatic aberration correction when configured through the Oculus Configuration Utility.’ Finally, a new ‘Riftsaver’ mode has been added, which will turn off the Oculus Rift’s display in direct mode if the device is not currently in use.

The latest SDK can currently be downloaded from the official Oculus VR site. It marks another small step on the long road to the release of the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, which is yet to be revealed. VR fans are hoping to hear more about the device at Oculus Connect on 19th – 20th September 2014 in Hollywood, California. VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift going forward, reporting back with any more updates on the device’s progress.