It’s no surprise that the Oculus acquisition by Facebook angered a lot of people, or at least it would seem that way if you were to judge based on the Internet’s response. Are there really that many people upset that the social media giant would buy a seemingly unrelated company, or are they just a vocal minority? Either way, the situation sure hasn’t slowed down the sales of Oculus latest hardware.
In an article published by TechCrunch, Oculus Rift stated that they have sold around 25,000 second-generation “DK2” development kits since the pre-order page went live on March 19th. By comparison, the original “DK1” developer kit sold about 60,000 over the lifespan of the unit.
This is a pretty surprising number, especially since the Oculus Rift is in such a unique market position. The closest competitors like Sony’s Project Morpheus will likely not go through a public sales process of developer-oriented hardware. It really is thanks to the Facebook backing that the Oculus Rift can be in a better position make the DK2 readily available to developers.
Although no official statement was provided with this announcement, Oculus Rift’s intention of the current hardware being a preview and not a consumer product will still apply. The Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 is expected to start shipping in July 2014.