The Oculus Rift has started shipping officially from March 28, but the company has been facing delays in shipments. Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus conveyed on Official Twitter to announce that the ” Facebook owned company is giving free shipments for all the pre-orders, including international shipments” . Customers received an email of apology citing the reason of delay as ” shortage of components “.
The customers who have received an email instead of a the nice Oculus box, may have to wait until April 12 to see an update on their order status. Oculus started to ship the first Rift goggles to the early bird supporters on Kickstarter. As of now, Ordering an Oculus Rift today is on waiting till July, which may be further extended depending on the previous order fulfillment.
On the other side, HTC will start the Vive virtual reality headset shipment from April 5th. 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 and decent alternative for 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 has also started 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, which is expected by October 31. The PlayStation VR Launch bundle is tagged at $ 499.99 and requires a $ 349.99 Sony PS4 to work. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive need a $1,000 Windows PC to operate.