Oculus Rift's recently recruited
Chief Technology Officer John Carmack confirmed
that a new dev kit for the company's augmented reality headset will be available before the hardware launches at retail next year.
Speaking with Engadget, Carmack additionally revealed that the retail Oculus Rift
unit will likely run on an Android-powered operating system, easing its development process. "The way I believe it's going to play out is you will eventually have a head-mounted display that probably runs Android, as a standalone system, that has a system-on-a-chip that's basically like what you have in mobile phones," Carmack said.
Several in-development projects have added official support for the Oculus Rift over the last several months, and early adopters have successfully added Rift functionality to a number of existing games using the VorpX
and TriDef drivers. The Oculus Rift secured $16 million
in investor funding earlier this year, following up on its successful Kicksarter campaign