The Oculus Rift just took a new leap forward. Impressive as the original development kit was a year ago, the "low" 720p resolution display and motion blur were problematic for a lot of people. The new development kit (DK2) is closer to what you'll expect from the final consumer version of the Oculus Rift.
For only $350 ($50 more than the original development kit), you'll get a headset with a full HD OLED display (960 x 1080 pixels per eye) with better color, contrast and clarity. The screen also comes with the awesome low-persistence (motion blur reduction) tech first demoed in the Crystal Cove prototype.
With steep competition from all sides, the DK2 also leaps forward with head-tracking, a feature we also saw in the Crystal Cove prototype. The DK2 comes with an external camera that can be mounted to track the Rift headset's movements, allowing six-degrees-of-freedom. It's no holodeck, but it's a step in the right direction.
The last thing you will notice is the DK2 headset is now a whole lot more streamlined. The external control box for all of the video outputs and buttons is gone and integrated directly into the headset. An audio jack and USB port have also been added to the headset for accessories.
Overall, a new dev kit is good news for VR as a whole. If this VR thing is really to be the next big thing, it needs all the developers and support it can get. Remember: entertainement technology is nothing without lots of content. (Stereoscopic 3D's failed revival a few years ago is a textbook example of this.)
While Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey isn't saying when we'll see the consumer Oculus Rift actually ship, DK2 is proof enough that we're getting close. How close? Close enough that you need to wipe that drool of the table. If you missed out on the first development kit or simply want to upgrade to the newer one (it's a tinker's world!), you can pre-order the DK2 here with shipping expected in July.
Via Oculus VR