Oculus VR CTO John Carmack announced back in May that supplies of the Oculus Rift development kit, aka DK2 were ‘limited’. Now the virtual reality (VR) company has announced that the DK2 is sold out. From this point onwards anybody interested in developing for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) will have to wait for the official launch of the consumer version in Q1 2016.
This revelation was posted on twitter by Bruce Wright, a VR filmmaker and VFX animator whose credits include Frozen and Wreck it Ralph. The announcement 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 The original development kit, aka DK1, was withdrawn from sale in March 2014 a week prior to the announcement of the DK2 at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).
So now with the Oculus Rift DK2 all eyes will be firmly on the launch of the Oculus Rift consumer version (CV1). While the launch window of Q1 2016 has been known for some months now, the company has still been cagey on the exact date and pricing details. It was expected that an announcement would’ve been made at the Oculus Connect 2 developers conference in September, but news on the HMD was fairly sparse. The majority of the keynote addresses were aimed at the Samsung Gear VR HMD which Oculus VR co-developed with the smartphone manufacturer.
VR fans will still have to patiently wait for further news from Oculus VR, and VRFocus will be there to report on the latest announcements as they happen.