Oculus VR adds positional tracking to Best Practices Guide

Oculus Rift DK2. (Image courtesy Oculus VR.)

Oculus Rift DK2. (Image courtesy Oculus VR.)

Now that Oculus VR has begun shipping the Developer Kit 2 version of the Oculus Rift, it has updated its Best Practices Guide with a new section on positional tracking.

The first generation Oculus Rift, the DK1, was only able to track a user’s head rotation. It could not pick up whether the user was leaning forward or or moving their head to the side.

As a result, some wearers could get uncomfortable when their view of the virtual world didn’t fully match their head motions.

The Oculus Rift DK2 adds an external camera that is able to sense if a user, say, leans forward to look at something more closely.

Read more about it at Road to VR.

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