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Oculus now shipping Rifts to Best Buy - before honouring pre-orders

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It’s hard to be anything other than a VR skeptic if you haven’t been lucky enough to bag a developer kit or try a headset on for size at an event. To counter that problem, Oculus will start demoing Rifts at 48 Best Buys across the US this weekend.

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Sounds good! Only, if any Best Buy customers are enthralled enough to exchange money for a new Rift, they’ll actually get their headsets before some of those who pre-ordered from Oculus.

Although the Rift was officially released on March 28, component shortages have led to lots of delayed deliveries. A subset of pre-order customers are still waiting, even as headsets are shipped out to supermarkets.

Oculus do seem to be aware of the issue. They say that Best Buy stock will be “extremely limited” while they catch up on pre-orders.

“We know that many pre-order customers are still waiting for their Rifts, so we’re offering those customers a chance to purchase Rift from retail instead - while keeping their pre-order benefits, like the EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack and priority status for Touch pre-orders,” they write. 

So if pre-ordering Rift fans can get themselves to one of those 48 shops in the US - which, returning journalists report, is quite a big place - then they can have the headset a month and a half after its release. Order a Rift online today, meanwhile, and you’ll be waiting til August. Hrrm. Are you after your own set of goggles?

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2 Years ago

Oh dear. Way to piss off your customers. Now all it needs is HTC to have a large stock of Vives...

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2 Years ago

" and priority status for Touch pre-orders,”

And that means what exactly? In light of all this preorder nonsense already happening, what does "Priority status" mean for future preorders?

Most tech companies are smart enough to put a limit on preorders which can reasonably be shipped at launch. Apparently not this one. I recently had enough spare money to order one of these, I'm really interested in the tech, and was even nearly ready to break my rule about not getting first gen devices. But I no longer trust the company, and the massive delays that would see me getting a device around the time they should be demoing second generation headsets, I decided to spend my money elsewhere.

Watching all of this poor consumer relations is convincing me to buy a vive next year instead. Even more so than going with the device most likely to be supported by the most games.