Oculus VR ‘Openly’ Seeking Partners for Help with Rift

Despite a recent raft of high-profile hires and even the acquisition of the entire team responsible for the design of the Xbox 360 controller, it’s important to remember that Oculus VR is still a small company. Even after being purchased by Facebook for $2 billion USD, the company’s lofty ambitions of selling 1 billion Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headsets seems like a tall order. But according to CEO Brendan Iribe, Oculus VR is looking for help to reach such a goal.


“If we do want to get a billion people on virtual reality, which is our goal, we’re not going to sell 1 billion pairs of glasses ourselves,” Iribe recently told Bloomberg. “We are openly talking to any kind of partner that wants to jump into VR, and there’s a lot of interest right now.”

Iribe didn’t confirm any specifics about potential partners or just how they might help the company. Of course, recent reports have all but confirmed that Samsung is working with the VR specialists to produce its own Android-based wireless VR headset; could the two be working in other areas also? In fact, the same report suggested that, as part of the deal, Oculus VR does indeed get access to Samsung’s OLED displays, which can be seen in the headset’s soon to ship second development kit (DK2).

Following the launch of DK2 the company will be focusing on its first consumer version (CV1). The aforementioned Carbon Design Group will be helping the company with the design of the device, but details on mass production aren’t yet known. Should any such partnerships be in place by then then we can expect to hear about them in the build up to launch, whenever that may be. VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift, bringing you all the latest on they’re development.