The eyes of the virtual reality (VR) community are currently on Oculus VR as it reveals more about the consumer version of its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) today at its pre-E3 press conference in Los Angeles, California. The show is set to start at 10:00 PDT, thus press are now taking their seats in preparation. The venue for the event is littered with promotional material for Oculus VR. One particularly interesting stand reveals some specifics about the shipments of the kit’s first two development kits for the device, which have been in developer’s hands since late 2012.
The images, first post online by VR developer tipatat, can be seen below. The first development kit (DK1) shipped 56,334 units in its lifespan, which ranged from late 2012 to early 2014 when its successor, development kit 2 (DK2) was announced. In its roughly year and a half of time on the scene, the kit was shipped to 114 countries including those in North America, which easily had the most kits at 27,746 Europe, Asia, Oceania, South America, Africa, the Caribbean Island and Central America, which had just 6 kits shipped to it. DK1 is now considered to be something of a relic by the VR community.
DK2, which added pivotal new features such as a 1080p OLED display and positional tracking, has had slightly less shipment time than DK1, and yet still easily doubles it with 118,930. This device has reached 137 countries including a staggering 56,590 units shipped to North America alone. Again, Central America had the least shipments, this time acquiring 31 units. The kit can still be purchased today for $350 USD, though it’s unclear if this will remain the case for long with the consumer version of the device now rapidly approaching.
VRFocus is at Oculus VR’s pre-E3 show. Expect the latest coverage on everything the company reveals ahead of its presence at E3 itself next week.