Rift DK2 uses the front panel of a Galaxy Note 3 as a screen
BY: JENNA PITCHER
JULY 31, 2014
The display on the new Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) uses the display of aSamsung Galaxy Note 3, as discovered in aniFixit teardown of the virtual reality headset.
The Samsung logo-sporting Galaxy Note 3 display panel in the headset features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1080p screen with its Synaptics touchscreen controller left intact. As iFixit points out, Oculus VR must have boosted the Note 3 display panel's standard refresh rate of 60 Hz to meet the 75 Hz capability marketed for the Rift DK2.
The discovery came after reports that the company entered a partnership with Samsung Electronics. Reportedly, the Korean company provides the displays that Oculus requires and the Facebook-owned company develops the software Samsung needs for its own headset. The partnership seems to solve some of Oculus VR’s immediate manufacturing issues, where it had to suspend sales of the Oculus Rift in February due to a shortage of components.
The Rift DK2 features several enhancements and additions over the original developer kit, including motion tracking using an external infrared camera, improved software, along with a USB port for peripherals. Oculus began shipping the first 10,000 units of the more than 45,000 pre-orders early July, with the first shipments arriving the week of July 14.
Sourced via IGN