Oculus Rift suspends shipments due to component shortage

Oculus Rift sold more than 50,000 units, but suspends sales as certain components used in the developer kit are no longer available.

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A community manager for Oculus VR said that the company is going to suspend sales as it runs out of inventory due to a shortage of components used in the Oculus Rift developer kit.

“Certain components used in the Oculus Rift developer kit are no longer being manufactured, meaning they are no longer available to us for production,” community manager Andres Hernandez said on the company’s sub-Reddit. “As a result, we don't have the necessary materials to produce additional kits. We still have some stock available, but we're quickly running out…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.”

He said that Oculus VR is looking into alternate sources for the needed components, but that it doesn’t yet have a timeline for when additional units will be available.

Though Hernandez couldn’t give an exact figure, he said that Oculus VR has shipped over 50,000 Oculus Rift developer kits.

“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.”

Yesterday we reported that Oculus VR has tradmarked RiftCon, a convention which aims to encourage virtual reality gaming.

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