The highly-anticipated Oculus Rift VR headset is finally being shipped, but some pre-orders are delayed.
In a tweet over the weekend, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe alerted users to the shipping delay. He said that the first set of Rifts is going out slower than planned. Due to this delay, Oculus will be offering free shipping on all pre-orders. Customers who ordered their Rift on or before April 1st will get a new shipping date of April 12th. The delay is caused by an "unexpected component shortage," according to an email sent to pre-order customers. Pre-orders for the Oculus Rift opened in January, with the original shipping date slated for late March. The VR headset's pre-orders were astounding, with shipping being pushed as late as June within 24 hours. Now, these customers may have to wait even longer for their Rift if the component shortage does not work itself out. Oculus did not specify the length of the delay or how many shipments would be affected. Oculus has not yet commented further on the matter.
Oculus is not the only virtual reality headset maker that has faced setbacks. HTC and Sony have also faced issues with their VR offerings. Over the weekend, HTC said that some of its customers' Vive pre-orders were unintentionally canceled due to "processing issues with financial institutions," but said that it was already working to resolve the issue. Sony, meanwhile, planned to release the PlayStation VR in the first half of 2016 but, last month, announced that it would push back the launch until October. In the meantime, Sony plans to sell a more powerful PlayStation 4 that can handle higher-end games, including VR.
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