While virtual reality technology has been around for a while now, it’s safe to say that things really started to catch on with the development and the release of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. This is probably thanks to developers who have been making efforts to port games onto the device, thus giving older games a new lease on life in a more immersive environment.
Now the Oculus Rift isn’t exactly available for mass consumption yet but there are units being sold to those looking to help develop games for it and experiment, but exactly how many of such units have been sold so far? Well according to Oculus VR, it seems that they have managed to sell around 85,000 Oculus Rift units to date, which we have to say is mighty impressive.
This is according to the company who revealed to TechCrunch that they managed to sell 25,000 units of the second-gen Oculus Rift kit which was revealed at CES 2014 and went on sale on the 19th of March. This is then combined with sales of the first-gen kit which has managed about 60,000 units until the announcement of the second-gen kit.
Given that these units are aimed at developers and not end-users, we have to say that this is setting a pretty good precedent, and might even explain why Facebook was so interested in the company and offered to acquire the company for a whopping $2 billion. The move was not well-received by many who voiced their displeasure at the acquisition, but hopefully with Facebook’s backing and resources, the development of the device and its technology will move at a faster pace.