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Oculus Rift hit by delays for some buyers because of component shortages

by Brandon Russell | April 12, 2016April 12, 2016 2:20 pm PST

It sounds like Oculus bit off more than it could chew, as many preorders of the Rift aren’t scheduled to arrive until much later than anticipated. We received our own update this morning confirming our unit, which we pre-ordered on day one, isn’t expected to arrive until the end of May, and many other buyers are reporting the same thing. Your trip to the virtual reality universe will have to wait.

According to an Oculus spokesperson, component shortages are to blame for the delays as Oculus scrambles to keep up with demand. Similar to our experience, some people who preordered on the first day are saying they aren’t going to get their headsets for another two-to-four months, which is much later than expected. Some units began shipping out last month but it appears Oculus was not entirely prepared.

Oculus said it will continue to deliver headsets to customers as it tries to fulfill orders. “We’re focused on getting Rifts out the door as fast as we can,” an Oculus spokesperson told The Verge. “We’ve taken steps to address the component shortage, and we’ll continue shipping in higher volumes each week. We’ve also increased our manufacturing capacity to allow us to deliver in higher quantities, faster.”

It’s a tough pill to swallow for customers eager to get their hands on the $600 headset but if it’s any consolation, we’re right there with you. If our estimated shipping dates change, we’ll let you know. Hopefully, Sony’s PlayStation VR does suffer a similar fate when it launches later this year.

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