As we learned yesterday, the Oculus Rift line of VR headsets is no more. Once current units of the Rift S are gone, there will be no more stock and we're unlikely to see a Rift 2. Interestingly, a Rift 2 had been developed and was nearing production, but Facebook scrapped it just before it was going to be announced.
Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus, commented on the Rift S being discontinued on Twitter yesterday. While Luckey hasn't been involved with Facebook for a few years now, there are untold stories from his time at Oculus. He revealed one of those yesterday, saying that the Rift 2 was cancelled shortly before going into production.
What a bummer. Imagining a world where Rift 2 was not cancelled shortly before going into production and then cancelled again in favor of a much lower spec Lenovo rebadge…https://t.co/4bsWOoPbTp
— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) April 6, 2021
The Rift 2 project was apparently briefly revived before being replaced by the Rift S, which was developed in partnership with Lenovo. Facebook executives weren't keen on continuing to invest heavily PC-only VR headsets and instead wanted to focus on all-in-one units, as a result, former Oculus CEO and co-founder, Brendan Iribe, left the company in 2018.
Facebook then poured its resources into the Quest instead, which is now the company's main VR product. At this point, the Oculus Quest 2 has outsold all previous Oculus headsets combined, to business-wise, this appears to have been the right decision. Although it is a shame that we aren't going to see Oculus pushing the boundaries of high-end PC VR moving forward. Fortunately, Valve appears to have taken over on that front with the Valve Index.
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