Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Have Finally Shipped

Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Have Finally Shipped

The long nightmare of Oculus Rift pre-orders has ended and new orders are supposed to ship in 2 to 4 days.

At the tail end of the announcement of Oculus Connect 3, the company's virtual reality developer conference, Oculus VR has revealed that all Oculus Rift pre-orders have shipped, four months after the launch of the virtual reality headset.

"We want to apologize for the delays in getting Rifts to doorsteps. We appreciate that without your support, VR wouldn't be where it is today. Thank you for your patience over the past few months," wrote the Oculus Team in the blog post.

"We've also started to ramp up inventory for retail partners online and in stores, and added more Rift demos at new retail locations across the US. Starting this month, you'll be able to get your hands on Rift at select Microsoft Stores. In addition, our demo space will expand at Best Buy to more than 500 US stores now through the fall."

In addition to the Microsoft Store stock, the company is promising that new Oculus Rift orders will ship within 2 to 4 days.

The issue of getting access to the Oculus Rift has depressed sales in comparison to the Valve-backed HTC Vive. HTC is a hardware company, so ramping up Vive production was a much-easier prospect, meaning the system was in better supply. The early lead has seemingly gone to the Vive, at least according to the Steam Hardware Survey, which shows 66 percent of Steam-connected VR headsets being Vive, versus 27.75 percent for the commercial Oculus headset. (The Vive is backed by Valve and the Oculus Rift has its own storefront, so there's a possibility that many Rift owners may have not connected to Steam.)

The Touch motion controller is scheduled for later this year, after the delay in December of last year. This is another area where the Rift falls behind the HTC Vive, which launches with full motion controllers for every unit. The Vive is far more expensive than the Rift, but it's a complete VR package right out of the box.

It likely the Touch will come out after Oculus Connect 3 in October, meaning the Vive will have time to highlight the differences between its motion controllers and the current controller- or keyboard-based model used by the Oculus Rift.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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