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Oculus Rift shipping date slips to June 2016

It’s only been on sale for 25-and-a-bit hours, but already the Oculus Rift shipping date has slipped from March to June, with a brief lay-over in April.

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It’s only been on sale for 25-and-a-bit hours, but already the Oculus Rift shipping date has slipped from March to June, with a brief lay-over in April.

That’s not to say that all Oculus Rift shipping dates have slipped, of course. It was made very clear that pre-ordering the Oculus yesterday meant you were joining a queue – how very British of a San Francisco-based tech company – and we all know that the later you join a queue, the longer it takes you to get to the front.

If you were camping out on the Oculus Rift pre-order page with a sleeping bag and a cola bottle to pee in (metaphorically speaking) then you are indeed entitled to receive your unit on March 28, 2016. But after just a few hours had passed, the quite specific ship date had already morphed into a general April.

Now, one full day later, new punters joining the queue will find their Oculus Rift shipping estimate as being June 2016.

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Oculus Rift shipping date delayed to June

We contacted Oculus to ask how many units this equated to, and whether there would ever come a point when the pre-orders would be closed to prevent the production backlog from escalating to the point of ridiculousness.

As yet, we’ve received no response.

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