Facebook says the Oculus Rift S headsets “generally” do not refill as they disappear from store shelves, marking the end of the virtual reality system’s lifespan. As UploadVR reported yesterday, Facebook has confirmed that “generally, since channels are selling out of stock, they will not be replenished going forward.” PC-bound headsets are not available through Oculus’ store, and they are sold out on retail platforms such as Amazon and Walmart in the United States, except from third-party vendors.
Facebook announced last year that it would discontinue the Oculus Rift S in 2021
According to some reports, this strategy was a marked departure from Oculus’ earlier plans. Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe left the company in 2018, reportedly after Facebook canceled an advanced “Rift 2” headset. Also outgoing Oculus founder Palmer Luckey referred to this rumor on Twitter today, saying he “imagined a world where Rift 2 was not canceled shortly before going into production and then canceled again in favor of a much lower spec Lenovo -rebadge. ” (The Oculus Rift S was produced in partnership with Lenovo.)
However, moving to stand-alone design has apparently worked well for Facebook so far. Facebook says last year’s Oculus Quest 2 has sold all previous Oculus headsets together. The device has established Facebook as the dominant VR headset company for the price of relinquishing high-end PC-based VR to competitors including Valve, HTC and HP. And Facebook has indicated that they will continue the Quest line in the near future – with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying he already envisions “Quest 3 and 4” headsets.