Oculus facepalms over delivery delays, earliest Rift orders to ship free

delayed occulus rifts ship free oculus rift immersion
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset
Sorry, but we may be late with your order.

A shipping delay is holding up some early orders of the highly anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which was finally released on March 28 following years of development and hype. The good news is the company is making up for the delay by covering shipping costs. Saturday morning Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe announced on Twitter (@brendaniribe) that due to the unexpected shipping delay the company will pay for shipping of all orders up to midnight Pacific time April 1. The free shipping bonus will apply to international as well as U.S. orders.

Oculus started taking pre-release orders January 6, 2016. The company also previously committed to sending release copies to the 9,522 Kickstarter supporters from its 2012 crowdfunding campaign that eventually raised $2,437,429 in pledges.

In a letter sent to customers April 1 and first reported on Forbes, Oculus stated, “We’ve been working through an unexpected component shortage, and unfortunately, that issue has impacted the original shipping estimates for some early customers.” The letter further said the virtual headsets and bundled accessories are shipping every day and that all customers can expect shipment status updates online by Tuesday, April 12.

That some shipments are going out indicates the delay is caused by fewer than needed components, not a functional or performance problem.

The Rift virtual headset comes with a remote control, a standalone sensor, an Xbox One controller with a USB dongle, and required USB cables. The letter to customers did not specify which component or components caused the shortage.

Last week was a big week for virtual reality fans, with the Oculus Rift released on Monday March 28 and the Microsoft HoloLens first shipments to developers on March 30. As eager enthusiasts and those who would like to get started with their own virtual experiences await the new products, full transparency about product releases, availability, and shipping may quell concerns about “if” and “when” questions.

Having to wait till April 12 for updates, even for the earliest orders, may be frustrating, but at least those customers now know they’ll get free delivery, which Brendan Iribe Tweeted is via 2-day shipping.

Emerging Tech

What’s it like to die? This VR experience puts doctors in a dying man’s shoes

A new VR experience depicts the last days of a lung cancer patient. It is already being used as a teaching tool in hospices and medical schools. But can VR really make us more empathetic?
Gaming

Find a fish and get your boogie on with Fortnite's week 8 challenge

The Fortnite season 6 week 8 challenges have arrived as we near the end of this spooky season. The big free challenge this week is the Fortnite fish trophy challenge where you need to dance with different fishes. Here are all of the…
Emerging Tech

Shipping crate filled with 3D-printing robots may be the future of construction

Autodesk has created a robot-filled shipping container which may represent the future of construction work. The crate contains two robots able to 3D print custom components for building sites.
Gaming

The best free-to-play games you can play right now

Believe it or not, free-to-play games have evolved into engaging, enjoyable experiences. Here are a few of our favorites that you can play right now, including Warframe and the perennially-popular League of Legends.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Photography

Intel’s augmented reality brings Red Bull Rampage into your living room

The extreme mountain biking action of Red Bull Rampage is coming to your living room thanks to the power of augmented reality and 360-degree video that lets fans load a scale replica of the course right in their phones.
Mobile

From the road to your wrist, see how Android has evolved over the past 10 years

Android started out as just a mobile operating system, but 10 years in it's pretty much everywhere. Check out our round-up of all the different Android variations that have cropped up so far, and what might be coming in the future.
Photography

With flip-out lenses, the Vuze XR transforms from 2D to 180-degree VR camera

The Vuze XR is a compact, dual-lens camera with an integrated handle and a neat party trick: The back-to-back lenses can flip forward to transition from 360-degree, two-dimensional video to 180-degree, three-dimensional video.
Computing

Following the Portal, augmented reality glasses may be Facebook’s next step

Following the launch of its Portal smart display, Facebook says it is working on AR glasses, possibly in a move at challenging both Apple and Google and perhaps to rise up in the hardware scene. 
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best gear and gadgetry you can snag for $100 or less

A $100 bill can get you further than you might think -- so long as you know where to look. Check out our picks for the best tech under $100, whether you're in the market for headphones or a virtual-reality headset.
Computing

Oculus VR could upgrade the Rift with a new display in 2019

Oculus could be set to release a new version of its Rift headset in 2019, but it will be more of a modest upgrade than a true sequel. The Rift S, as its purportedly called, will have a new display, and inside-out tracking.
Mobile

Google awarded patent for using eye tracking to detect expressions in VR

Google was awarded a patent that involves using eye tracking to infer facial expressions using machine learning in virtual reality. The tech could help make virtual reality a whole lot more immersive than it already is.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Gaming

Immerse yourself in a new universe with these incredible PSVR games

The PSVR has surpassed expectations and along with it comes an incredible catalog of games. There's plenty of amazing experiences to be had so we've put together a list of the best PSVR games available today.