The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) is now shipping from virtual shelves, being sent to developers and interested virtual reality (VR) followers around the world. With the next revision of the game-changing device, several differences are clearly apparent – in terms of hardware both inside and outside the device.

Below, several of the key differences between the DK1 and DK2 models will be outlined.

Build quality

Build quality is arguably the most important aspect of a VR headset as it’s what users will spend most of their time looking at. With the DK2, the hardware has come a long way in terms of appearance and the internals. The months of development, continued funding and onboarding of further skilled staff are readily apparent when viewing the new device.

The DK2 weighs slightly more than the original DK1, coming at 400g as opposed to the 380g of the original. The exterior shell is made of high-quality plastics, created with a clean finish and more rounded design than the DK1. The tracking camera has also received a visual upgrade.

Internals

The new headset includes all of the components that were previously stored in a small attachment box, with a single USB and HDMI cable now the sole attachment to the device.

The new optical camera positioned outside the device is also able to track translational and rotational movements

Inside, a 1,920×1,080 (1​,080p) has replaced the previous 1​,280×800 panel, giving players a much higher resolution. This equates to increased clarity and visual fidelity when using the device. The new OLED panel also includes an improved contrast range, boasting improved colours and lighting effects.

Is it a step forward?

The new development kit brings a number of hardware upgrades to the Rift, both in terms of design and internal components. While it’s still not ready for consumer release, the DK2 represents a substantial step forward for both Oculus and the VR hardware space.

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