Facebook says Oculus Rift S headphones will “generally” not be refilled as they disappear from store shelves, marking the end of the virtual reality system’s life. As Upload VR reported yesterday, Facebook has confirmed that “in general, since channels are sold out of shares, they will not be replenished in the future.” PC-bound headsets are not available through Oculus’ store, and they are sold out on retail platforms such as Amazon and Walmart in the US, except for third-party sellers.
Facebook announced last year that it would discontinue the Oculus Rift S in 2021
According to some reports, this strategy was a significant departure from Oculus’ previous plans. Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe left the company in 2018, allegedly after Facebook discontinued a higher Rend 2 headset. Also, the late Oculus founder Palmer Luckey referred to that rumor on Twitter today and said that he “imagined a world where Rift 2 was not canceled shortly before it went into production and then canceled again in favor of a much lower specification Lenovo- rebadge. ” (Oculus Rift S was produced in collaboration with Lenovo.)
However, moving to standalone design has apparently worked well for Facebook so far. Facebook says last year’s Oculus Quest 2 has sold out all previous Oculus headsets combined. The device has established Facebook as the dominant VR headset company at the cost 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.