In an interview with Develop during its VR week, Mitchell confirmed that the device is close to entering its last development kit before consumer release. He also hinted that even when the device gets released to the public, it will also be a development kit.
“And we’re actually very close to locking down a consumer spec right now,” he said. “This is the last development kit before the consumer product – although one of our goals is to have the consumer product double as a development kit as well. So you can buy a Rift and play with it, or develop with it. We are getting close and we’re pretty deep into that process. We’re going to get a little feedback from the community on DK2, but it’ll have to be fast and furious at the beginning because then we’re going to lock down and probably head into launch. We’re close.”
He added: “However, we are just scratching the surface. It will get much better from here. V1 will be like the dawn of V1, and it will get so much better so quickly, just like it has over the last year and a half. I think that’s what’s super exciting.”
There was no timetable given as to when a consumer release could be coming, but for those interested in the device, it can’t come soon enough.