When any highly anticipated new gadget enters the market, there is always confusion, and optimism regarding the first shipments of the device. This is certainly the case with the Oculus Rift, and will soon be the case with the HTC Vive virtual reality headsets. On Thursday and Friday last week, a couple of Tweets and emails revealed to us that some Rift headsets were already being shipped out, and these headsets were expected to begin arriving today, Monday, March 28. This caused a bit of confusion among the Oculus faithful, as the original plan by the company was to begin shipping units today at the earliest. Many Oculus Rift pre-order customers began to wonder if this meant that they would possibly receive their order today. Late last night Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey clarified the situation for all of his 39,500+ followers on Twitter.
“Shipping update: Kickstarter Rifts will start arriving Monday, pre-orders start shipping mid-week (likely Wed) and will arrive this week too,” Tweeted Luckey.
While the move may not satisfy some of the diehard Oculus fans who had hoped to get their units early this week, it makes sense from the company’ standpoint. They want to reward the early backers from the Oculus Rift Kickstarter campaign. If it weren’t for these individuals, Oculus may never have gotten off the ground and eventually bought out by Facebook for around $2 billion. As for those who had pre-ordered their unit early, these shipments should begin this week, and arrive this week as well. So, maybe you won’t have your Rift this afternoon, but at least you will be able to enter a virtual world sometime later this week.
It will be interesting to see how many of the pre-orders are able to be fulfilled this week. Will there be waves of shipments throughout the next several weeks or will most pre-orders be processed and shipped within days? Let us know if you have pre-ordered an Oculus Rift, along with your pre-order date and date in which your order arrives. Discuss in the Oculus Rift Shipment forum on VRTalk.com.