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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.

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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