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Oculus VR suspends Rift sales in China due to scalpers

S. Prell, @SamPrell

Despite hardware refinements and positive impressions, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is not yet intended for consumers. That hasn't stopped VR enthusiasts from wanting to snatch up the device ASAP though, and where there is demand, there will be people seeking (not always legitimate) supply. Such is unfortunately the case with China, where Oculus has suspended sales of the Dev Kit 2 version of the Rift due to what a company representative called "extreme reseller purchases."

"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," the Oculus rep wrote. "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."

When asked just how bad the reselling situation was, the rep responded, "We were forced to suspend an entire country from purchasing. I'll let you put two and two together." So ... not good?
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