Since April of last year, Best Buy stores around the nation have been showcasing the Oculus Rift to people for free in order to sell more headsets. According to a report from Business Insider, 200 of the 500 demo stations will be shut down.
Best Buy employees reportedly told Business Insider that there were days where no one would use the demos. A memo from higher ups at Best Buy was sent to stores saying that the cancellation of the Oculus stations was because of “store performance,” although a spokesperson from Oculus told them it was because of “seasonal changes.” She noted that you will still be able to request an Oculus demo in “hundreds of Best Buy stores in the US and Canada.”
Of course, Best Buy will still be selling the Oculus Rift and the Oculus Touch controllers that will run you $600 USD and $200 USD, respectively.
These cancellations come after sales and interest in the system has been dwindling. According to “Oculus Ambassadors” talking to Business Insider, the sales of Oculus, as well as the amount of talk around the store went down after the holiday season passed.
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