Oculus ships Rift SDK 1.0 and final hardware to select developers

Oculus' Rift headset has has reached another milestone on its path to release. As of this week, Oculus is providing its Rift SDK 1.0 and final versions of the Rift hardware to software developers. We've been keeping tabs on Oculus's progress for years, so it’s nice to see the Rift inch that much closer towards a final release.

Oculus notes that early distribution of the 1.0 SDK and final hardware is for developers prepping release titles for the Rift. Because Oculus is still keeping certain features of SDK 1.0 under wraps, it's limiting this distribution to developers with imminent deadlines. For those still in the early stages of Rift software development, the company says it's OK to continue using DK2 hardware and version 0.8 of the SDK.

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey also Tweeted that the consumer release for the Rift is on-track for Q1 of 2016 today, and that would-be Rift owners won’t have to wait too long after the new year before they can pre-order.

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