Facebook Discontinuing the Oculus Rift S, Refocusing on All-In-One

Facebook Discontinuing the Oculus Rift S, Refocusing on All-In-One

At Facebook Connect this week, Oculus dropped a bombshell that was of no surprise to anyone. The Oculus Quest 2 is on its way.

But Oculus did more than just announce an updated version of the Quest. The announcement came with a commitment to “focus on standalone VR headsets moving forward. We’ll no longer pursue PC-only hardware, with sales of Rift S ending in 2021.” It goes without saying that this was big news which shows us the direction Oculus plans to take its business model.

Spring 2021 will see the discontinuation of the PC-dependant Oculus Rift S. Instead, the newly announced Quest 2 will serve as both an all-in-one VR headset and a PC VR platform. (Credit: Facebook-Oculus)

Prabhu Parthasarathy, Quest 2 product manager, explained that the launch signified "the right moment for us to move to a single headset." So instead of the PC-only Rift, the Quest 2 will be "convertible", supporting PC VR games by way of a USB-C cable.

This is good news for consumers. The Quest 2 may begin the discontinuation of the Rift, but it certainly doesn't mean that Oculus is done with PC VR. Instead, the Quest 2 will be a $299 dual-purpose headset. Support for the Rift will continue past its discontinuation, but Oculus did not reveal for how long.

We've suspected for some time that Facebook planned to go all-in on the all-in-one model offered by the Quest. Last year, the Rift S famously missed out on key performance upgrades like controller-free hand tracking. It was clear something was up.

So it's official; the Quest 2 will be the platform by which Facebook makes its play into the mainstream. Only time will tell if it pays off." (Credit: Facebook-Oculus)

The Oculus Quest 2 will be the platform by which Facebook will make its play into the mainstream. It's a bold move, even if it was expected. Only time will tell if it plays off.

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