@V8Griff - good point about the DK2 - the Oc guys did try to warn non-developers off buying it as they did with the DK1.
@cgp44 / Mystify, sorry, but I didn't mean to start a whole heated debate about this, I was merely asking if cgp44 was invested in the RiftUP! thing directly, as Mystify seemed convinced.
That's the great thing about this forum though, we still manage to have good in-depth and intelligent discussions on here without resorting to Reddit style attacks. :p
(not the fault of Reddit itself, but it tends to attract it's fair share of trolls for some reason.)
OK, so the Pentile display isn't perfect, but like others have said, it's probably the best display Oculus could get their hands on atm that met the price point.
It should also give decent performance as a big stepping-stone towards the CV1. More important than the display is going to be the positional tracking.
What Daniel said about the Pentile screens is also true though - it's a very similar system to what is used on virtually every digital TV system / DVD player / Blu-Ray / H.264 compressed files. They only give half as much bandwidth to the colour difference components as they do to luminance, so its kind of similar.
The Pentile panel should make up for that a lot though, as it does have the full complement of Green pixels, which is arguably the most important primary colour for our psycho-visual perception of detail.
(ie. video compression using the 4:2:2 mode discards half of the resolution for the colour component.)
Low persistence has indeed been shown to be relatively important for VR by people like Abrash / Carmack in the past, and others before them.
Even more important might be low-blurring (not quite the same thing as I understand it?), which is probably what Oculus were also aiming for on the DK2?
Let's just face the facts though - the DK2 is going to be a cool device anyway, but was never intended to "compete" with the CV1 features.
They just wanted to get something out the door faster for developers with true 6DOF and other features. Frankly I'm quite surprised they managed it so soon.
I'm hoping the positional tracking will alleviate a lot of the motion sickness I experience on the DK1 as well...
It's been said that even as you breathe in and out, your head moves by an often imperceptible amount.
Without accurate (or any) positional tracking, even just this slight movement can cause nausea due to the middle-ear / brain disconnect.
I'll be enjoying my RiftUP! soon, and it should give the DK1 a fair bit of resale value as well if I ever decide to sell it (probably never).
The DK2 is sure to be even more fun to use as well. Can't wait.
P.S. Earthquake just hit off the coast of Chile - 7.9 / 8.0 on the Richter scale, and possibly Tsunami warning.
Hope this turns out OK.