Facebook Expects Coronavirus Will Make it Harder to Buy Oculus Quest


After being backordered by weeks in lots of areas, Oculus Quest is now “unavailable” from Oculus in 17 out of 23 areas the place the unit is bought, together with america, Canada, and far of Europe. Fb says the Coronavirus outbreak is guilty.

Responding to a Street to VR inquiry about Oculus Quest turning into “unavailable” in lots of areas, a Fb spokesperson shared the next assertion:

“Oculus Quest has been promoting out in some areas as a result of excessive demand. That mentioned, like different corporations we’re anticipating some extra impression to our hardware manufacturing as a result of Coronavirus. We’re taking precautions to make sure the protection of our staff, manufacturing companions and prospects, and are monitoring the state of affairs carefully.”

The Coronavirus, a novel respiratory virus, started in China with the primary reported case on December 31st, 2019. Since then the virus has seen greater than 28,000 confirmed circumstances and 565 deaths, in response to the World Well being Group. Whereas the Coronavirus has unfold to 24 different nations to this point, 99% of circumstances have been confined to China.

For the reason that holidays, Quest has been constantly backordered in lots of areas as Fb has struggled to maintain up with demand for the headset. With the headset now “unavailable” by means of the official Oculus website, the corporate is stopping its backorder queue from rising additional.

On the time of writing, Quest is “unavailable” within the following 17 areas.

Addressing the query of whether or not or not its secure to obtain packages that originate in China in mild of the virus, the World Well being Group advises:

“Sure, it’s secure. Folks receiving packages from China should not prone to contracting the brand new coronavirus. From earlier evaluation, we all know coronaviruses don’t survive lengthy on objects, resembling letters or packages.”

The Rift S headset has additionally had spotty availability for the reason that holidays however Fb didn’t point out any anticipated impression for the headset within the assertion, probably as a result of Lenovo handles Rift S manufacturing (in contrast to Quest).

Fb gave no indication of when it expects Quest to be as soon as once more out there, apart from to say, “we’re working to revive availability as quickly as doable.

Since someday in January, Valve’s Index headset has additionally been unavailable in virtually all areas the place it’s bought, although the corporate hasn’t mentioned the scarcity is expounded to the Coronavirus.