Oculus Rift shipments suffering delays - you might not get yours soon
Published 04/04/2016 | 07:38
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has started shipping to some users but a component issue could cause delays in the future
The Oculus Rift has managed to become the first commercially available full virtual reality headset, but it looks like the launch isn't going that smoothly.
The company, which is owned by Facebook, has confirmed that an issue in manufacturing will mean that delivery of their next batch of the headsets will be delayed. The information doesn't get much more specific than that and customers who have pre-ordered are being told that a full update on when their item is going to ship won't be delivered until the middle of April 2016.
In the meantime and by way of an apology, all shipping costs have been removed from the hardware, even if you're buying it from outside of the USA.
First set of Rifts are going out slower than we orig estimated, so we're giving free shipping for all pre-orders, including international.— Brendan Iribe (@brendaniribe) April 2, 2016
That's a good gesture, especially when getting the Rift sent out costs at least €50 internationally, but more information would certainly be better. The Rift has been in the planning stages for more than three years, so you would imagine that the manufacturing stage would be something that they had well in hand, especially with the power of Facebook behind them.
The Rift is out in the wild and early reviews have been scattered - the potential of the hardware certainly seems to be there but there's no denying the high cost of getting involved, with a fast computer at a value of over €1000 needed to run the system, which itself costs €800.