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Oculus Rift DK2 Sells 85,000 Units Despite Facebook Backlash

Oculus Rift has sold more than 80,000 virtual reality headset units despite outrage over the Facebook deal.

Tech Crunch reports that Oculus VR sold 25,000 units of its second-generation DK2 and 60,000 first-generation DK1. Customers who backed the Oculus Rift Kickstarter project in 2012 received DK1, while those who pre-ordered DK2 in March will have to wait until July to get their hands on the product.

Oculus VR recently came under fire after announcing its sale to Facebook for $2 billion. Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell explained to Game Informer the company was anticipating some negative reactions, but couldn’t imagine the response would be overwhelmingly bad.

“We assumed that the reaction would be negative, especially from our core community,” Mitchell told Game Informer. “Beyond our core community, we expected it would be positive. I don’t think we expected it to be so negative. As people begin to digest it a bit and think about it, you can see that Twitter and Reddit is swinging back the opposite direction. The onus is on us to educate people, and we want to share everything we’re doing.”

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe told Game Informer that Oculus is excited about the potential of expanding its business through its deal with the social media giant.

“We put our heads together and it made too much sense,” Iribe said. “If you actually understand [Facebook’s] vision of letting us be who we’re going to be, just like they wanted to let Instagram be who they are. They want to set a precedent of leaving companies alone, but integrating and being able to allow that company to leverage the momentum and strength and size of Facebook.”

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