What you need to know
- Facebook won't make PC-only VR hardware going forward.
- Facebook will stop selling the Oculus Rift S in 2021.
- The Oculus Rift platform will instead be available through Oculus Link.
Facebook explains in a news post that it will no longer make PC-only hardware going forward. Facebook will stop selling the Oculus Rifts S in 2021. The Oculus Rift platform will instead be available through Oculus Link on headsets like the Oculus Quest 2.
Facebook sheds light on the future of the Oculus Rift platform in a blog post (opens in new tab):
This is a developing story, and we will add more details as they emerge.
Grab one while it's hot!
If the Oculus Quest 2 is anything like the original Oculus Quest, it's going to be hard to find. Facebook has improved seemingly everything with the second-generation Oculus Quest, making this the VR console to get.
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Wow, just effin wow. Didnt see thisbpne coming. So it's their way or the highway. Bold. But the lines have been drawn. If you care about the future of PCVR, stay away from Oculus and Facebook. Also the future in general and freedom
All the news and rumors about the cancellation of the Rift S successors should have been a clue. They gutted a lot of the core PC teams shortly after the Rift S launch to move almost everyone on to supporting things for the Quest with only minimal updates to the Rift software. (disclosure: I worked for Oculus during 2018-2019, on one of the Rift software teams that was split apart and gutted, and left under bad terms, so take my comments with whatever salt you may want)
This is honestly fine. They have been focusing on standalone for a bit. My only real concern is that HTC needs to step up and come out swinging with the Valve Index as it's new competitor. I'm glad I won't be having to use Facebook to sign in just to use a VR headset.
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