Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales Surpasses 85,000 Units
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While there has been some initial controversy following the Facebook buyout of Oculus last month for $2 billion, the sales numbers of the Oculus Rift development kit continue to rise. Earlier this week, Oculus VR has told TechCrunch that they have sold over 85,000 Oculus Rift development kits to date.
Of those sales numbers, about 60,000 of the first-generation “DK1” units were sold throughout the life cycle of the kit, while 25,000 units of the new second-generation development kit “DK2” were sold, since the pre-order was recently made available on March 19. The Oculus Rift DK2 provides many key improvements over the first-generation dev kit and sells for $350.
The news follows earlier reports of Oculus announcing that it needed to temporarily halt the sale of development kit (DK1) production due to a component shortage. At the time, Oculus community manager, Andres Hernandez, stated on Reddit that they were looking into alternative sources for acquiring parts and went on to say, “We never expected to sell so many development kits and VR only made this much progress with the community’s support and enthusiasm.”
Oculus continues to build momentum as the sales of the DK2 appear to be outpacing the original, suggesting that game developers continue to have a vested interest in the Oculus Rift and the future of VR development. With Facebook’s backing and a vast amount of resources, developers can now be assured they have a real opportunity and stable VR platform that is here to stay. The Oculus Rift DK2 is expected to ship in July.