The world of VR storms forward.
By Alex Walker on July 4, 2014 at 7:35 am
Even more good news on the developer and emerging consumer technology front: the second batch of Oculus Rift dev kits are on their way. In a post on the Oculus Developer Forums, the company says the “first batch of official DK2″ have departed the manufacturing conveyor belts and are en route to distribution centres. “We expect to ship roughly 10,000 DK2s from the factory in July, with just over half of the units through distribution centres and on their way to doorsteps before the end of the month,” the post says.
“The very first units are expected to reach developers the week of July 14th. Tracking numbers for all DK2s will be generated as soon as the shipment has been processed by a distribution centre.” Oculus have kindly, kindly, reminded people to update their shipping address, because you wouldn’t want to not receive your dev kit, now would you?
Impressively, over 45,000 pre-orders have been placed for the DK2, which from a gamer’s perspective for a piece of tech that’s not due to hit retail until Christmas next year, is incredibly exciting stuff. However, there is a catch. “We’re slightly behind in manufacturing and there’s currently a high chance that some developers with estimated shipping in July may not have their DK2s shipped until August,” Oculus admits. “We have a team in China working on continued ramp of production at our factory, and we’ll work our way through the queue as fast as we can.”
Still, nothing but good news on the Rift front. Besides that lawsuit, of course.