Facebook is reportedly discontinuing its “next-gen” Oculus Rift 2 VR headset for the PC
Facebook has reportedly discontinued its “next-gen” Oculus Rift 2 VR headset for the PC. And that despite the assurance that “a future version of the Rift is planned”.
The reports coincide with Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe’s decision to leave the company. As TechCrunch reports, he led the development of the “Rift 2”.
As the magazine states, citing its own sources, the project was shut down in the last week after restructuring in Facebook’s VR department. That then led to Iribe’s decision to leave the company. Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014 for $ 2 billion.
Iribe had announced his departure in a Facebook post. “After six incredible years I’m moving on,” he writes. He is proud of what Oculus has achieved over the years. “We started a revolution that will change the world in ways that we can’t even imagine.”
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According to TechCrunch’s sources, there have been significant differences between Iribe and Facebook’s board of directors in terms of future visions for Oculus.
Above all, Iribe was not interested in an “undercutting competition”. Most recently, Facebook had more of the mainstream market in its sights with Oculus Go and the Oculus Quest planned for next year. These do not require any additional and more expensive PC hardware, but in return offer a lower graphic quality.
Facebook did not want to comment on this, but stated that there are plans for a future Rift version and that they will continue to invest in the PC as a platform. The reports of the Rift 2’s discontinuation were not commented on.