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Tons of technology companies around the world are actively working on VR whether it be from a software or hardware perspective. HTC has already released both the standard Vive and Vive Pro headsets and even Sony did a small update to the PSVR — as well as Samsung’s new iteration of the Gear VR. Facebook has stayed awfully quiet about future Rift plans, though.
After the announcement that Brendan Iribe is officially leaving Oculus, rumors swirled about the cancellation of a ‘Rift 2’ PC-based VR headset. Facebook has since stated that future versions of Rift are still coming, but didn’t provide any details beyond that.
Oculus has always been notoriously tight-lipped about not only sales figures, but also its product roadmap. At Oculus Connect 5 we learned a bit about the company’s long-term vision in regards to a three-pronged approach with the Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, and Oculus Rift.
Ultimately, the question boils down to this: What would you want out of a Rift 2 or the next version of the Rift? As a consumer, what would you prefer — waiting longer for a bigger upgrade (foveated rendering, built-in wireless, wider FOV and higher resolution) or would you rather have a small upgrade in the near-term that only improves things marginally, like the Vive Pro.
Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below!