Since the release of the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) developers and virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts have been pinning for updates to the device’s software development kit (SDK). Creator Oculus VR has released a number of new versions of the SDK since the first units were shipped and this week sees the latest iteration launch. The Oculus SDK v0.4.3 Beta update can now be downloaded for free and boasts a range of updates.
Highlighting the update is the promised support for free versions of the Unity development engine. At the 2014 Oculus Connect developer conference in September Oculus VR’s Nate Mitchell announced that it has partnered with Unity to make the free version of its development kit available to Oculus Rift developers. This update makes good on that announcement in versions of Unity from 4.5.5 and up.
Elsewhere Oculus VR has added ‘experimental’ Linux support into the SDK, which should make it easier for developers bringing their VR content to that platform. A Linux Readme file has also been released to help users get to grips with the support. The company also notes that it has made ‘numerous’ stability and performance updates, which should be of use to many of the developers already working with the Oculus Rift DK2.
The latest version of the SDK can now be downloaded from Oculus VR’s official website. Recently the company showcased a new prototype for the Oculus Rift named Crescent Bay at Oculus Connect. The latest version of the device is said to be on the path to the eventual consumer version of the device. That consumer version is yet to be revealed or dated. VRFocus will continue to follow both Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift, reporting back with any further updates in the build up to a consumer release.