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Zuckerberg: Oculus Rift needs to sell 50-100m units to be “meaningful platform”

Oculus Rift is still green to consumers as far as gaming platforms go, but Zuckerberg’s already putting some fresh parental pressure on his social network’s newly acquired VR kit.

The Facebook founder says Oculus Rift needs to start shipping in huge numbers to go mainstream.

“It needs to reach a very large scale – 50 million to 100 million units – before it will really be a meaningful thing as a computer platform,” said Zuckerberg, speaking to analysts during his social network’s most recent earnings call.

Unfortunately the Harvard drop-out doesn’t reckon the Rift will hit that level of success any time soon.

“It’s hard to predict exactly, but I don’t think it’s going to get to 50 million or 100 million units in the next few years,” Zuckerberg revealed. “So that will take a few cycles of the device to get there.”

Oculus has already shipped upwards of 100,000 Rift developer kits to around 130 countries worldwide.

“It’s still early for Oculus, but we are encouraged to see the variety of apps and games being developed for this platform.”

The Oculus Rift began its life back in 2012, and was acquired by Facebook in March this year for a hefty sum of $1.9 billion.

It’s currently only available as part of Oculus’ Development Kit 2, although it’s tipped for a consumer release sometime in 2015.

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