Up and coming VR company Oculus is being criticized for inventor Palmer Luckey’s comments on shipment delays. On /r/oculus, the headset’s subreddit, the creator came under fire for a tweet about the headset’s reporting shortages, saying:
I prefer production that can keep up with demand, but much prefer shortages to the opposite problem! No burying Rifts in desert landfills.
This was criticized by fans, Luckey himself chimed in on the post, saying:
Judging from the comments in this thread, people seem to have already forgotten that we were sold out till summer even before the component shortage pushed some people further out. DAE Jan 6th shitstorm? Pepperidge Farms remembers.
However, one redditor named randomawesome had enough, pointing out previous comments with him saying enough Rifts would be built to meet the demand, along with comments saying Minecraft would not work well on Rift, they wouldn’t buy exclusives, Xbox controllers weren’t good for VR, and that the Rift would be $350 because no one would buy a $600 headset that they couldn’t afford.
After this redditor’s reply, Palmer replied to the accusations, saying:
Nice job of slicing and dicing out of context quotes to mean something totally different […] Half of this stuff is you acting like I lied about things when I did not (we did scale up production, for example, and the Rift uses hybrid optics, not pure fresnels), and the rest is just things changing over time. Does shit change sometimes? Of course it does. Does that mean I am going to stop speaking my mind because people throw out of context words in my face years later? No, not really. The same people who complain about “lack of transparency” and “sterile, corporate communication” are so very often the same people who berate and hate companies and individuals for anything they ever say that changes at some point. That is why the majority of companies tell you nothing and keep you in the dark on everything unless it is perfectly constructed to keep secrets secret, offend nobody, and align with every corporate message that has ever been given. They know a vocal minority of people is going to latch on to anything they say or have said and use it to shit on them, and they let it control them.
Luckey has been heavily criticized for these comments, and with one of these comments being so hated that it currently has over 750 downvotes on Reddit. It’s unkown how Oculus will react to Luckey’s comments, but we will update if they issue a statement.