What just happened? Facebook has stated that once the current stock of Oculus Rift S headsets runs out, the company will not replenish it with new devices, so it is announcing it will be discontinuing production. Going forward, Facebook will focus on making the Oculus Quest 2 the first mainstream VR headset.
When Facebook launched Lenovo’s Oculus Rift S in 2019, the VR headset was received with mixed feelings. As the successor to the original Rift from 2016, the Rift S improved in some areas, but it was actually worse in some others. For example, the Rift S has a higher display resolution (2560x1440p versus 2160x1200p), but at the cost of a lower refresh rate (80Hz versus 90Hz).
Despite its shortcomings, the Oculus Rift S has slashed the price of VR gaming from its $ 399 MSRP at launch. But now that the overall excellent Oculus Quest 2 is available for $ 299 (64GB model), there’s no reason not to buy it instead.
During Facebook’s third quarter 2020 earnings report, the company reported that the Quest 2 VR headset received five times more pre-orders than the original Oculus Quest.
“The Rift S is still available for sale on select channels around the world, but as we announced last year, we plan to stop selling the Rift S in 2021,” a Facebook spokesman said. “Generally speaking, since the channels are being sold, they are out of stock, they will not be replenished in the future.”
As of this writing, the Oculus Rift S is still in stock at the official store and several retail stores like Walmart and Micro Center. On the other hand, Microsoft, Lenovo and Amazon no longer sell it.
Among the current generation of VR headsets, there is obviously the Oculus Quest 2, but there are other alternatives like the high-end Valve Index. Sony is also known to be developing a successor to the PlayStation VR and rumored Apple VR headsets.