Fb says Oculus Rift S headsets “typically” received’t be replenished as they disappear from retailer cabinets, marking the top of the digital actuality system’s life span. As UploadVR reported yesterday, Fb has confirmed that “typically talking, as channels promote out of inventory, they received’t be replenished transferring ahead.” The PC-tethered headset is unavailable via Oculus’ retailer, and it’s out of inventory on retail platforms like Amazon and Walmart within the US, besides from third-party sellers.
Fb introduced final 12 months that it might discontinue the Oculus Rift S in 2021. Whereas the headset was a successor to the landmark Oculus Rift, it compromised on options like display decision and refresh price, notably in comparison with high-end PC-based rivals just like the Valve Index. In the meantime, Fb shifted its focus to the self-contained Oculus Quest, a cellular headset that will also be plugged right into a desktop PC — making it functionally a alternative for the Rift S.
In keeping with some experiences, that technique was a marked departure from Oculus’ earlier plans. Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe left the corporate in 2018, reportedly after Fb canceled a higher-end “Rift 2” headset. Additionally-departed Oculus founder Palmer Luckey alluded to that rumor on Twitter as we speak, saying he was “imagining a world the place Rift 2 was not cancelled shortly earlier than going into manufacturing after which cancelled once more in favor of a a lot decrease spec Lenovo rebadge.” (The Oculus Rift S was produced in partnership with Lenovo.)
Shifting to standalone designs, although, has apparently labored nicely for Fb to this point. Fb says final 12 months’s Oculus Quest 2 has outsold all previous Oculus headsets mixed. The gadget has established Fb because the dominant VR headset firm on the value of ceding high-end PC-based VR to rivals together with Valve, HTC, and HP. And Fb has indicated that it’s persevering with the Quest line for the close to future — with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying he’s already imagining “Quest three and 4” headsets.