Oculus' New Rift Plans Upset Pre-Order Buyers

Oculus' New Rift Plans Upset Pre-Order Buyers
Oculus has revealed new details on its retail plans, but many customers are still waiting for their pre-ordered Rifts.

(CCM) — On Monday, the Facebook-owned VR company Oculus Rift announced that it will launch at 48 Best Buy stores on May 7th as a part of The Intel Experience. Customers will be able to try out the Rift headset in store with a variety of demos. "We'll have a variety of experiences that everyone can enjoy, including VR vignettes with Oculus Dreamdeck. Ultimate thrill seekers will be able to experience what it's like rock climbing on the side of a cliff with The Climb, and in the coming weeks, you'll be able to explore the beautiful alien world of Farlands," explained Oculus. Following the initial 48 locations, Oculus plans to offer more in-store Rift demos at additional Best Buy stores.

"A small number of Rifts will be available for purchase at select Best Buy stores starting May 7th and online from Microsoft and Amazon, starting May 6th at 9 AM PST," said Oculus, noting that quantities will be extremely limited as they catch up on pre-orders. The fact that these retail versions are available at all has made some pre-order customers angry. To assuage these individuals, Oculus said that pre-order customers still waiting on their Rifts can purchase it from a retail location instead, while still keeping all of their pre-order benefits. Oculus also announced the launch of Oculus Live, a customer service site that will help users find a Rift demo location nearby and schedule their visit up to a month in advance, as well as its plans to launch Rift in Canada and Europe this fall.

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