Missing Components Halts Oculus Rift Production
Oculus VR will have to reject any new orders for the Oculus Rift due to a halt in production. Of course, a consumer version has yet to go on sale but developers have been buying up units as if stock was about to run out. Well, now it has.
The setback has been caused by certain components used in Oculus Rift no longer being manufactured.
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“Certain components used in the Oculus Rift developer kit are no longer being manufactured, meaning they are no longer available to us for production. As a result, we don’t have the necessary materials to produce additional kits,” community manager Andres Hernandez wrote.
“We still have some stock available, but we’re quickly running out. We are looking into alternate sources for the needed components, and we don’t yet have a timeline for when additional units will be available. We’ll be sure to keep everyone posted.”
“We never expected to sell so many development kits and VR only made this much progress with the community’s support and enthusiasm. Even though we never wanted to sell out, it’s a good problem to have. Thank you,” Hernandez concluded.
This is an awful setback for one of the most intriguing pieces of technology out there. Over 50,000 Oculus Rift dev kits have been shipped to early backers and later buy-ins. The company recently secured $16 million in funding to help deliver a consumer model, and managed to snag John Carmack.