The company behind the Oculus Rift revealed on Reddit today that due to a shortage of unspecified components, production of the device has been temporarily halted, leaving only the current remaining stock in certain regions. The components are no longer being manufactured, according to the company, requiring it to find an alternative source.
Said Oculus VR on Reddit: “Certain components used in the Oculus Rift developer kit are no longer being manufactured, meaning they are no longer available to us for production. As a result, we don’t have the necessary materials to produce additional kits. We still have some stock available, but we’re quickly running out. We are looking into alternate sources for the needed components, and we don’t yet have a timeline for when additional units will be available. We’ll be sure to keep everyone posted.”
Says the company, once the currently available stock in a region sells out, the sales in that location will be suspended until production is kicked back into gear. Thus far, sales are only still taking place in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland, and Norway.
The company remains optimistic, however, saying it hadn’t expected to sell as many of the development kits as it did, and that “it’s a good problem to have.” Some conspiracy theories have already surfaced suggesting this is a ploy to usher in the DK2, but such statements are unfounded at this point. Hopefully an update will arrive in short order.