Oculus VR can’t construct additional Oculus Rift dev kits because some components are no longer being manufactured, an Oculus community manager posted on Reddit. The company is now relying on on existing stock, but that’s “quickly running out,” the post reads. Oculus is investigating alternate sources for the required materials, but for now the team will simply suspend sales by region as its stock runs dry.
Oculus Rift dev kits are currently still on sale in the US, Canada, countries in the EU, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland and Norway. There are more than 50,000 dev kits out in the wild, the spokesperson says. There’s no word on the existence of a dev kit 2.0 (though it seems Reddit would love one).
“We never expected to sell so many development kits and VR only made this much progress with the community’s support and enthusiasm,” the community manager says. “Even though we never wanted to sell out, it’s a good problem to have – thank you!”
If those missing components aren’t electrical or lens-based, we may have a solution for Oculus: 3D printing. The future of gaming meets the future of manufacturing in one tidy hunk of layered plastic.