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.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.