Well, you might not have liked that Facebook has acquired Oculus Rift as one may think that their project will now steer away from being a gamer focused/ambitious one to something more commercial. However, the sales figures received from the developers tell a different story.
According to TechCrunch, Oculus Rift DK2 (development Kit 2) has sold over 25,000 units in less than a month. This is counting from March 19, when the pre-ordering page had gone live for the development kit.
Previously, the DK1 had managed to sell 60,000 units in the period when it was sold and the company had agreed that they ‘never expected to sell so many development kits.’ What’s more, the speed at which Oculus Rift DK2 is being sold is actually faster than its predecessor.
Of course, the development kit 2 and the development kit 1 before it are both non-consumer based products and hence the figures cannot be taken as authority over the commercial demand of the product. Nevertheless, the interest among the developers shows that there is a great potential in the product.
With the financial backing from the social networking giant, Facebook, I think that the Oculus Rift can be an even better product if the core ideology behind its development is kept intact.
Bear in mind that the finished and commercial head mounted virtual reality device is yet to be released.
How do you see the acquisition of Oculus Rift and the current sales figures of the Development Kits in light of the former?