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New Oculus Rift dev kit starts shipping this month to 45,000 people who pre-ordered

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The new version of Oculus VR's virtual reality headset for developers — the Oculus Rift DK2 — is on its way to those who pre-ordered the unit, the company confirmed today. The first units are expected to start arriving the week of July 14.

Oculus VR community manager Andres "cybereality" Hernandez wrote on the company's developer forums that about 10,000 units of the Rift DK2 are expected to leave the manufacturing facility in July, with half of those shipping to developers by the end of the month.

"That said, we're slightly behind in manufacturing and there's currently a high chance that some developers with estimated shipping in July may not have their DK2s shipped until August," Hernandez wrote. "We have a team in China working on continued ramp of production at our factory, and we'll work our way through the queue as fast as we can."

Some 45,000 pre-orders have been placed by developers for the Rift DK2, Hernandez said.

Oculus started selling the new Rift development kit in March for $350. By mid-April, the company had sold 25,000 Rift DK2s through pre-order.

The consumer version of the Oculus Rift headset is still in development. Oculus recently announced it had acquired Carbon Design, the industrial design and product engineering firm that helped develop the Xbox 360 controller and Kinect with Microsoft.