The Chinese ban hammer has struck again, and this time it involves the Oculus Rift.
After a Reddit user informed others that his pre-order for the device in China was cancelled, and no official reason was given in the cancellation e-mail the user received. He did state that a message received via different means stated that the company was behind in manufacturing
In a response to the Reddit post, an Oculus Rift employee took the time to state the reason for the cancelled pre-orders. The reason being: the device was, for all intents and purposes, banned in the Communist nation.
“Yes, it is a bummer that we’ve had to suspend sales in China due to extreme reseller purchases,” TheTwistgibber stated. “We need to make sure that we are doing what we can to make sure that resellers that are looking to flip our product for a profit are not taking stock away from legitimate developer purchases globally.
“Our product, in its current form, is a developer kit, meant for developers that develop VR content. We are looking into alternative ways to make sure that our development kits are getting into legitimate developer hands in China. If you are an enthusiast, we kindly ask that you wait for the consumer Rift. It will be worth the wait.”
When one user decided to inquire about just how high the re-selling figures were for the device in China, the rep for the Oculus Rift simply mentioned that they were forced to stop an entire country from being able to purchase. That should indicate that it was pretty high.
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