Oculus announced specs and features of Oculus Rift VR headset at GDC. They also announced that ut wull be packed and shipped in the same casing as of development kit (DK1). The packing itself is premium and looks like worth of $600. But user are not getting DK1’s protective box.
The box is big. It’s bigger than both D.Ks. Final design of tracking devices was not finalised in previous prototypes so boxes were small. Here everything is ready for shipment and it also uses a USB 3.0 connection to work so Surely box will be big. It’s just cardboard. Premium look is achieved by profiling it with metal and solid rope. DK1 had premium plastic.
Rift uses a minimum of five textures on plastic used. It gives an unexplainable weird feeling. Same applies to Xbox one Controller. The less premium nature shows how this product is just first gen that is why company is rough around corners.
Still if you are one of those members on crowdfunding website Kickstarter who supported oculus this is the second pack you will receive. Palmer lucky surely had assembled team of some members but manufacturing hardware requires funding. He could not gather his ground until he got funding from Kickstarter.
Oculus rift surely looks promising but use of Microsoft Xbox controller has pushed the cost high. If a simple controller was used it would have cut down pricing. It is now similar to PSVR with a staggering price of 600$ without extra gear which have to be brought again later.