If You Pre-Ordered the Oculus Rift, Get Ready to Wait a Few More Months
The future of VR is
now in a few months or so.
The future will have to wait a little longer to arrive, because Oculus Rift pre-orders have suffered months-long delays. Even early adopters who placed orders for the virtual reality headset as soon as possible may have to practice the art of patience. The Verge reports that an “unexpected component shortage” has pushed back the shipping dates for many pre-orders; although the first headsets shipped in late March, several customers have received email notifications that their packages won’t arrive until May or June.
One of the Rift’s competitors, the HTC Vive, also experienced some shipping delays due to “order processing issues,” according to the HTC company blog. They claim that all of those issues have since been sorted out now, and “Vive order fulfillment is on track without delays.”
The fact that the HTC Vive got back on schedule, while the Oculus Rift lags behind, has led to some conspiracy theorizing in the Oculus sub-reddit. One user speculated that HTC could be “locking down supply of components” for headsets so as to corner the market. That seems pretty unlikely, but the Rift has every reason to be concerned about their competitor. Several users in the full thread mention the Vive, with some saying they’ve ordered both headsets and plan to cancel the other pre-order based on whichever VR package shows up first.
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