The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality system is shipping since March 28, but the Rift ships slower than planned.
The Oculus Rift is shipping officially since March 28, but the company faces delays in shipping. Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus took to Twitter to announce that the Facebook owned company is giving free shipping for all pre-orders, including international. Customers received an email is an apology citing as reason for the delay a shortage of components.
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The customers who received an email instead of a the nice Oculus box, have to wait until April 12 to see an update on their order status.
Oculus started to ship the first Rift goggles to its earliest supporters on Kickstarter. Ordering an Oculus Rift today requires a wait until July for delivery.
HTC will start to ship the Vive virtual reality headset on April 5. There is a hiccup in the Vive Pre-order and you should double check if your pre-order was cancelled. HTC said in a statement that a limited number of individuals were affected by auto cancellations due to processing issues with financial institutions.
The HTC Vive is a very attractive alternative to the Oculus Rift. The Vive includes controllers and when you order the $799.99 VR system you only have to wait until May to receive it.
While Oculus and HTC begin shipping their virtual reality headsets, Sony is collecting pre-orders for the Sony PlayStation VR. Several stores are still taking pre-orders for the PlayStation VR Core and the PlayStation VR Launch bundle, shipping October 31. The Sony virtual reality system has be far the lowest cost of ownership. The PlayStation VR Launch bundle sells for $499.99 and only requires a $349.99 Sony PS4 to work. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive need a $1,000 Windows PC to operate.