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The New Oculus Rift Is Very Cool, And Available Later This Year

May 1, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Kirk Hamilton / Kotaku

Ask anyone in video games what new piece of tech has them most excited about the future, and there's a good chance they will bring up the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Good news: Later this year, developers (and the rest of us) will be able to own the latest, greatest version. And it really is pretty great.

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Starting this morning, Oculus VR is opening pre-orders for their Rift Development Kit 2. It's an all-new headset, and a significant improvement over their DevKit 1, which people have been using to do all manner of stuff over the last year or so. The DevKit 2 (or "DK2? as the Oculus people call it) will be using the same technology in the "Crystal Cove" prototype that sent so many people into conniptions at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year.

The first Rift DevKit has been widely available for about year now. It wasn't made with consumers in mind, meaning you couldn't just plug it into your PC and immediately get to play sweet VR versions of your favourite games. Fortunately, most early adopters were game developers, programmers and modders, people who could get games like Crysis and Team Fortress 2 to work on the Rift (the latter with a treadmill for running!). By now, lots of games and other non-game things work with the headset, provided you know how to set up the software and get it all working.

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