The day that Oculus VR announced the Rift Developer Kit 2 (or DK2), I clicked the "ORDER RIGHT NOW" button and paid via PayPal. I knew what to expect coming from the first DK1 unit, but the increased screen resolution and other associated, improved technologies built into the DK2 unit have me more excited than most products I receive through my lab.
Today, Oculus VR delayed the shipment of the first batches of the new Rift headset to do some last minute work on the updated Oculus SDK. I thought I'd be mad, but I never promised myself a certain date, or week to receive it - or else I would've been disappointed. I don't mind about the delay, but it just creates more excitement for when I get it.
I have setup my original DK1 unit once again and have been downloading copious amounts of Rift demos and games, even buying some games from Steam that are compatible with the Oculus Rift. I've got a few that I'm in the middle of playing, so I'm going to do some comparison tests between DK1 and DK2 when I get the second development kit.
Since I've been playing with the DK1 unit, I've come to fall back in love with the Rift even more. The sense of immersion you get when you slide that VR headset cannot be compared to anything else. I have various 4K monitors in my office, 120Hz displays, and so many mobile devices - yet the Rift blows them all away. Once the DK2 arrives, I can see myself loving it even more.
The screen door effect on the DK1 is just too harsh on my eyes, it really is - it is far too noticeable, especially when moving from my 31.5-inch 4K display, to the 720p display on the Rift. The DK2 unit has a 1080p display, so the screen door effect will be much less apparent. But I don't think we'll see it truly disappear until we hit 4K screens. CV1 (or Consumer Version 1) should feature a 1440p display (2560x1440) which will do a much better job than the 1080p display in DK2. But we don't know if the CV1 will feature that resolution just yet.
There are countless games and demos available for the Rift, so I'm going to do a few articles after my DK2 unit arrives. If there's anything you think I need to test, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at anthonygarreffa at TweakTown dot com.