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Oculus Rift production halted

Oculus Rift production halted

Mon 24 Feb 2014 8:48am GMT / 3:48am EST / 12:48am PST
Hardware

Shortage of vital components, stock of units running low

Oculus VR has suspended production of its Rift virtual reality headset following a shortage of parts, according to a recent statement from the company.

"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," Oculus VR posted on Reddit.

"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. As we sell out of inventory in each region we plan to suspend sales in that region until we are able to deliver new orders. Currently we are only selling and shipping to the following countries: United States, Canada, Countries in the European Union, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland and Norway."

"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!"

The developer kit is available at $300 and includes access to the Oculus SDK. The item has proved popular with developers and enthusiasts, with Hideo Kojima tweeting a picture of himself in the headset last week.

5 Comments

Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve

342 293 0.9
Does this just affect development kits or does this also potentially push back the release date of the consumer version? From what I've heard there seems quite a few differences in parts used now.

Posted:9 months ago

#1

Jonatan Crafoord Neuron, That Brain

33 55 1.7
I'm usually not the cynic, but here's hoping this is not a cheap press release trick to clear their stocks before coming out with the upgraded version. Because if I was a company that didn't care about ethics, I'd totally play it like that. And I don't want Oculus to be that kind of company.

Edit:
Actually, I realize this is a level of journalism I would like to be able to expect from GI.biz. So let me direct the question to the GI staff - did you verify the shortage or did you just publish the press release? Maybe it is too much to ask, but if you have the time to answer it would be nice to know how these articles are usually conceived. Cheers!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jonatan Crafoord on 24th February 2014 5:47pm

Posted:9 months ago

#2

Edward Buffery Pre-production Manager

149 96 0.6
One would think it's highly unusual to suddenly find out that the supply has disappeared for the critical parts you're making a high demand product from, with no advance warning. Let's see how this one develops.

Posted:9 months ago

#3

Frank Trottier Analyst programmer

23 23 1.0
Diving in virtual reality can have it's down side indeed. A steady supply of oxygen is a must. On our reality side, it would not surprise me to see a multinational entity trying to hinder Occulus with some kind of strategy deal.. There are big sharks out there.

Steve Jobs was very angry when he realized Bill Gates just ripped him off from his windows based OS.

At least that's what we saw in the movie. Someone like that was not even billionaire back then. I'm just reporting history here.

Posted:9 months ago

#4

Curt Sampson Sofware Developer

596 360 0.6
One would think it's highly unusual to suddenly find out that the supply has disappeared for the critical parts you're making a high demand product from.
First, it's not a high-demand product; we're talking thousands of units here, which is a very small production run. Second, it's not at all unusual for the supply of parts for electronic devices to change; parts supply is actually one of the big challenges in manufacturing. I'm not at all surprised that things would be even more difficult for an unusual device such as the Rift.

I'm not saying that you're wrong here, but I find Occulus' explanation to be quite plausible, especially since they've always billed the Rift as essentially a prototype for use by developers, and not yet a consumer product.
Steve Jobs was very angry when he realized Bill Gates just ripped him off from his windows based OS.
"His" OS? You mean the one full of stuff Jobs himself had ripped off from years of research and development at Xerox PARC?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Curt Sampson on 25th February 2014 6:58am

Posted:9 months ago

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