Facebook May Have Cancelled Oculus Rift 2

Conflicting reports within Facebook cast doubt on the future of the Oculus Rift 2.

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The future of the Oculus Rift 2 may be in jeopardy following a series of recent events. 

This story really starts when Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe decided to leave the company. His decision to depart was, at the time, seen as a shocking move. However, TechCrunch soon reported that his decision to leave may have been based on some arguments within Facebook and Oculus regarding the future of the technology. Specifically, it seems that Facebook may want to cancel the production of the Oculus Rift 2. 

However, the differences between Facebook and Iribe reportedly go deeper than just the cancellation of a future product. Sources indicate that the two sides have fundamentally different views regarding the future of Oculus and VR in general. The gist of the debate seems to be based on Iribe’s desire to ensure that Oculus remains a leader in terms of VR power. The implication is that Facebook might value more of a budget device that will be more appealing to a wider array of users. 

Iribe’s Facebook farewell made no mention of that cancellation. Instead, he stated that Oculus “started a revolution that will change the world in ways we can’t even envision,” and that he is “deeply proud and grateful for all that we’ve done together.” Beyond that, he made no other public statement regarding his decision to leave. 

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Meanwhile, Facebook is throwing a little cold water on all this speculation. They say that they “can’t comment on our product roadmap specifics,” but that they do “have future plans, and can confirm that we are planning for a future version of Rift.” We assume that a future version of the Rift is not a reference to the previously announced Oculus Quest

However, the specifics of the Quest might be more revealing than they initially seem. As an all-in-one VR headset, it’s possible that the Quest represents Facebook’s view for how future VR headsets should be. This is in opposition to previous versions of the Rift that required a high-end PC to use but were more powerful than their standalone competition

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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