Facebook is ending the iconic Oculus Rift line of VR headsets to focus on standalone devices that can be played without a separate computer
- Facebook is ending its iconic Oculus
Riftline of virtual reality headsets, the company announced on Wednesday.
- The company said it would stop making wired VR headsets — like the Rift — in favor of wireless devices that could function as full computers. The next headset in this line is the
Oculus Quest 2, which debuts in October.
- "We're going to focus on standalone VR headsets moving forward," Facebook said in a blog post. "We'll no longer pursue PC-only hardware, with sales of
Rift Sending in 2021."
Facebook bet $2 billion on virtual reality back in 2014 when it bought Oculus VR, the startup that went from Silicon Valley darling to Facebook subsidiary in just a few short years.
The device that powered Oculus' rise to stardom was the
"We're going to focus on standalone VR headsets moving forward," the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. "We'll no longer pursue PC-only hardware, with sales of Rift S ending in 2021."
The Rift line of headsets required a powerful
"We've seen significant growth in PC VR via Oculus Link," the blog post said, "and the Rift Platform will continue to grow while offering high-end PC VR experiences like 'Lone Echo II' and 'Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond' well into the future."Facebook also revealed the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset on Wednesday. The new device — the successor to Facebook's most successful VR headset — is more powerful than the first Oculus Quest and more affordable: The Quest 2 starts at just $300, and includes two wireless controllers alongside the headset itself.Advertisement
Like the original Quest, the Quest 2 doesn't require a PC to power virtual reality.
It's a bit like the Nintendo Switch of virtual reality: You can play it unplugged, anywhere, as a standalone device, or you can plug it into a PC and play more visually dazzling, PC-powered virtual reality games like "Half-Life: Alyx" that require more processing muscle.Pre-orders of the Oculus Quest 2 headset are available starting today through the Oculus website, with the full-on launch scheduled for October 13. GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are serving as retail partners for the launch.Advertisement
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