Facebook claims Oculus Rift S headsets “generally” will not be replenished as they disappear from store shelves, marking the end of the virtual fact system’s lifestyle span. As UploadVR reported yesterday, Facebook has verified that “generally talking, as channels sell out of stock, they won’t be replenished going forward.” The Laptop-tethered headset is unavailable by way of Oculus’ keep, and it’s out of inventory on retail platforms like Amazon and Walmart in the US, other than from third-celebration sellers.
Fb introduced very last 12 months that it would discontinue the Oculus Rift S in 2021. While the headset was a successor to the landmark Oculus Rift, it compromised on capabilities like display screen resolution and refresh fee, notably in comparison to superior-finish Computer system-dependent competition like the Valve Index. In the meantime, Fb shifted its emphasis to the self-contained Oculus Quest, a mobile headset that can also be plugged into a desktop Computer — making it functionally a alternative for the Rift S.
According to some reviews, that system was a marked departure from Oculus’ before plans. Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe still left the firm in 2018, reportedly soon after Facebook canceled a greater-close “Rift 2” headset. Also-departed Oculus founder Palmer Luckey alluded to that rumor on Twitter right now, stating he was “imagining a planet where Rift 2 was not cancelled soon ahead of likely into output and then cancelled once more in favor of a considerably reduce spec Lenovo rebadge.” (The Oculus Rift S was generated in partnership with Lenovo.)
Relocating to standalone patterns, though, has apparently labored very well for Fb so significantly. Fb says final year’s Oculus Quest 2 has outsold all preceding Oculus headsets combined. The product has established Fb as the dominant VR headset corporation at the price tag of ceding superior-stop Pc-centered VR to competition like Valve, HTC, and HP. And Fb has indicated that it’s continuing the Quest line for the close to long run — with CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressing he’s already imagining “Quest 3 and 4” headsets.