Following the announcement of a launch window for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift earlier today, many developers may be considering waiting for the release version of the device before jumping on board. Oculus VR have stated that, soon, this may be the only option as supplies of the current development kit, aka DK2, are ‘limited’.
The revelation came via Twitter today, and Oculus VR CTO John Carmack. Tom Forsyth, Software Architect at Oculus VR, tweeted reassurance that developers looking move into in virtual reality (VR) should ‘get a DK2 now and get started‘, stating that it is ‘still a great dev kit’. In response to this tweet Carmack boldly stated that ‘supplies are limited’ for the Oculus Rift DK2.
This revelation continues the trend of Oculus VR discontinuing their development kit production and sales in light of a new model. The original development kit, aka DK1, was withdrawn from sale in March 2014 a week prior to the announcement of the DK2 at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). No specific date for the discontinuation of the DK2 has yet been announced, but of course VRFocus will keep you updated as this story develops.