Oculus Rift VR Demos Pulled From 200 Best Buy Locations

Your chance to demo Facebook’s Oculus Rift virtual reality goggle at a Best Buy store just got cut in half.

Facebook is pulling its pop-up demo stations in 200 of its 500 Best Buy locations; Best Buy has around 1,400 stores nationwide.

The social networking company, which bought Oculus in 2014 for $3 billion, said the move was out of a desire to focus on larger markets and not, as a report on Business Insider suggested, due to slow traffic.

“We’re making some seasonal changes and prioritizing demos at hundreds of Best Buy locations in larger markets,” Oculus spokesperson Andrea Shubert said in a statement.

“We still believe the best way to learn about VR is through a live demo,” she said. “We’re going to find opportunities to do regular events and pop ups in retail locations and local communities throughout the year.”

In its report, Business Insider anonymously quoted a Best Buy employee in Texas as saying that “there’d be some days where I wouldn’t give a demo at all because people didn’t want to.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Marco della Cava