As Oculus VR continues to improve upon its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), so too does it update the software development kit (SDK) for the device, making sure that those that work with it can take full advantage of any improvements. Most of the time these updates prove to be incremental, adding a handful of new features to streamline development for the Oculus Rift and increase compatibility. However, according to a member of the Oculus VR team, the next SDK update should prove to be ‘very interesting’.
Oculus VR coder Tom Forsyth recently took to Twitter to reveal that he is ‘bracing’ himself for the arrival of the next SDK update. “Man, the next SDK update is going to be very interesting,” Forsyth wrote. “Bracing myself.” A possible release window for this latest SDK was not revealed.
Just what could be included in the update? Oculus VR has stated that it doesn’t intend to release any new hardware for the Oculus Rift until the consumer edition of the kit, meaning the SDK likely won’t be preparing for any new features from the HMD itself. The more likely option is that it will somehow change certain software compatibility features.
Oculus VR releases these SDKs for free, meaning anyone that owns one of the Oculus Rift’s second development kits (DK2) can easily download them and jump into VR creation. The consumer version of the Oculus Rift is yet to be revealed or dated. Oculus VR will be going ‘full consumer’ with the next iteration of its smartphone-based HMD, Gear VR, made in partnership with Samsung. What this means for the consumer release of the Oculus rift is unclear at this time.
VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR’s progress with the Oculus Rift, reporting back with any further updates from the company.