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Oculus VR Stops Making Developer Kits Due to Component Shortage

| 25 Feb 2014 19:40

And there's no timeline on when production will resume.

Oculus Rift Developer Kit

Virtual reality wunderkind Oculus VR has halted production on its Rift VR developer kit. Citing component shortages, Oculus says the Rift is available for purchase for as long as warehouse stockpiles last.

A post by Oculus VR Community Manager Andres Hernandez in the Oculus sub-reddit confirmed the stoppage, as Oculus does not "...have the necessary materials to produce additional kits."

"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," said Hernandez. "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."

The developer kit order page still lists the Rift as available in the US, although it's not clear how long supplies will last.

The shortage could, in theory, lead to a new, more robust developer kit. Naturally that depends on whether or not Oculus wants to update the hardware, but with the Crystal Cove prototype making the rounds at CES, an updated developer platform is not outside the realm of possibility.

Disclosure(s): Oculus Rift hardware and games were provided to The Escapist by Oculus.
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