Oculus Rift S pre-orders are live… and already selling out

The Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest have been up for pre-order just one day and FB has already had to shift delivery windows

Oculus Rift S

The Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest have been up for pre-order just one day and Facebook has already been forced to migrate orders from here on out to second-wave status. Don’t worry the delivery date is only a couple of days later than the original. But while the exact quantity of orders is not yet known, on the surface it looks like Oculus’ latest headsets are selling in rather healthy numbers.

Facebook announced pre-orders were live for its two new headsets yesterday with an initial shipping date of May 21. The Oculus Quest is the company’s latest standalone headset, fitted with inside-out tracking, built-in audio, and comes packaged with two Oculus Touch controllers starting from $399. But it’s the Oculus Rift S that will tickle gamers’ fancy most of all.

The Rift S comes equipped with a few improvements to key functionality of the first-gen Oculus Rift unit. These include: improved optics, a redesigned headband, inside-out tracking, a slight increase to resolution (2560 x 1440), and only a minor $50 increase in price tag over the Rift.

So it’s no surprise that gamers and professionals have been jumping at the chance to adopt the new and improved design.

You can still pre-order a headset for yourself for delivery by May 24. For $399 you receive the headset, a pair of Touch Controllers, and a lengthy 5m cable from the headset to your machine. The minimum recommended spec for the Rift S is a GTX 1050 Ti or RX 470, but ideally you’ll have something a little more capable.

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According to UploadVR, pre-orders that were placed right after launch are still displaying the original May 21 shipment date, so there’s been no delay to ‘first-wave’ units.

Oculus Rift S VR headset

Facebook’s announcement coincides with the initial pre-order availability for Valve’s Steam Index VR headset, which are set to go live on the Steam Store later today.

Valve’s in-house headset will set you back just a buck shy of $1,000, which will net you a high-def headset, a pair of Valve Index controllers, and two base stations. These will begin shipping on June 1, although the initial batch will be in limited supply.