Amazon: Oculus Rift PC Bundles Will Ship on April 23 — Pre-order Customers Furious

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a1111As if the confusion and frustration regarding Oculus Rift pre-orders were not enough to send one’s blood pressure soaring, news coming from Amazon.com may in fact aggravate those still waiting for their pre-ordered Rifts to arrive, even further.  While many pre-order customers have been told that because of a component supply issue, they may have to wait as long as two months before their Rift arrives at their doorstep, according to Amazon’s customer support, it may be possible for people to order the Oculus Rift and ASUS G11CD-WS51 Desktop PC Bundle or multiple other bundles and receive their headset within a matter of 7-8 days.

It’s clear why some pre-order customers would be just a tad bit ticked off about this news, considering someone who has been waiting weeks for their headset and even placed their pre-order within 7-minutes of the launch, may have to wait until late May or early June to actually receive it, while those willing to spend $900 more for a bundle could theoretically order one today and have it by next Saturday, April 23.

“Oculus Rift + ASUS Oculus Read G!!CD-WS51 Desktop PC Bundle is scheduled for release on April 23, 2016.  We expect to deliver your order by the time this item is released.  Thank you for taking time to contact Amazon.com,” read’s a recent email from Amazon’s customer service division.

The ASUS bundle, which costs $1499.99, seems to be one of several Oculus Rift bundle offerings that Amazon is has available from ASUS, Dell and Alienware.  Several of these bundles, which are priced between $1,499 and $3,148, also have release dates of April 23 according to the Amazon.com site.  From what we can tell, all of these bundles, including the Alienware Area 51 Bundle, Alienware X51 R3 i5 8GB or 16GB Bundle, ASUS G11CD-WS51 Bundle, and Dell XPS 8900 bundle will be released at the same time.

“I have to say, if first day pre-orders don’t get their rifts before these bundles ship out… I’d consider ebaying my CV1 and going with a Vive because Oculus would be f*****g over a tremendous amount of people,” wrote one aggravated gaming enthusiast.

While there has been no statement from Oculus pertaining to their pre-order bundle launch dates, it seems apparent that the bundles will in fact be getting to many customers well in advance of the pro-orders placed many weeks ago.  What are your thoughts on this news?  Are you a pre-order custmer still waiting for your headset?  Let’s hear your thoughts in the Oculus Rift Bundle forum on VRTalk.com.

  • Bernard Cozier

    Nope Amazon says, “Estimated delivery will be between April and May 2016. Order now and we’ll notify you by email when we have an estimated delivery date for this item. Orders will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received.” estimated will turn into August.

    • Lee

      Preordered an Amazon bundle last week, it’s on the truck for delivery tomorrow. My OR pre-order is still slated for mid-June.

      Mind you, the Amazon bundles are now completely sold out. Window open, window shut. 😉

  • Jeff Jarods

    considering i ordered one i think its great news but obviously i can understand others being pissed

  • I cancelled my OR order and went with the Vive instead because of the lack of motion controllers. The rift should have shipped with their Touch controllers because now they are splitting their market. Not everyone is going to buy the hand controllers and you now have a fragmented market. No thanks. I’m looking for an immersive VR experience and it seems that the best one so far is the Vive. I’ve used the Gear VR fo 3 months now and while it’s fun, I’m looking for something more than that (and the rift is simply a juiced up version of the Gear VR).

    • Jeff Jarods

      but they never intended to release the touch controllers at launch this was already stated by them long ago and should have been common knowledge

      • Aaron Davis

        Nobody is surprised by the lack of touch controllers, the problem is that touch becomes an optional accessory instead of an integral part of the experience.

        If you write a game for the Vive, you can be certain that the user will have motion controllers, and you can design the game around motion control.
        With the Rift, you either have to support both gamepad and motion control within the same user interface, or you have to exclude one of the 2 methods, further fragmenting an already niche market.

        Both the Wii and the playstation have motion controllers, but when you think of motion controlled games, only the wii really stands out, all because it shipped with the motion controller already included.

        • Jeff Jarods

          Nobody is arguing that touch is an intrical part of the experience, I agree with that definitely I was just stating that the touch controls we’re never going to ship with the headset at launch is all

  • Bruce Key

    All this hype is why I’m not getting into VR for at least another year or more. There aren’t enough PC games that fully support it, but besides that and the fact that it takes a fair amount of horsepower to run it adequately, I don’t want to become one of these spoiled, whiny, little bitches who act like a 3 year old when they don’t get everything their way. I don’t want to risk turning into a VR troll who posts on game forums with hollow threats like, “Support my VR device or I won’t buy your stupid game!!” Awww, your Oculus delivery got delayed? Poor baby. Maybe do some of that “life stuff” you were doing BEFORE VR became a thing. Trust me, you won’t die from it.

    • Jeff Jarods

      What are you doing exactly it kind of sounds like you’re whining yourself isn’t that kind of the kettle calling the pot black right there

    • Bernard Cozier

      You never used VorpX. Allows many of the current hit PC games to be used in VR with Oculus Rift. So it’s worth it right now.