Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 now available as open source project

Nearly two years before the release of the consumer Oculus Rift headset in March 2016, the company launched the more primitive Development Kit 2 version of the hardware to software creators. Today, the company has released the files for Oculus Rift DK2 as part of an open source project agreement, so that anyone can check them out, and even possibly build their own VR headset based on those files.

Specifically, you can now check out the schematics, board layout, mechanical CAD files, artwork, and specifications for the Oculus Rift DK2 under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license, along with the headset’s firmware under BSD+PATENT licences. DK2, which was released in July 2014 to developers, included a number of improvements compared to the first DK1 version, including a higher resolution display (which used the screen assembly from a Samsung Galaxy Note 3), along with positional tracking and more.

The release of these files as an open source project is being handled by Oculus as a thank you to the VR development community. The files themselves are available to download from GitHub. Oculus does add that if someone does try to fully replicate a VR headset from these files, they may run into some issues as a few of the headset’s hardware components may be hard to find today, if not impossible. However, they do hope the release of these files will be good just for learning purposes.


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