Oculus confirms element scarcity is delaying some pre-order shipments

Oculus confirms component shortage is delaying some pre-order shipments

Extra proof, if proof have been wanted, that being an early adopter typically includes being sucker-punched by the very tech firm you’re idolizing… A few of the earliest Oculus Rift pre-orderers are dealing with additional delays to get their arms on the lengthy-awaited hardware — pushing the ship date to greater than two months after the official launch, in some situations (by way of RoadToVR).

In a press release offered to TechCrunch, the Fb-owned VR startup confirmed the delay and blamed it on a element scarcity. It declined to reply any particular questions — comparable to on what number of Rift pre-orderers are being affected by the delay, nor why this particular group is being affected. Oculus has been delivery Rifts to some consumers because the finish of March.

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The corporate additionally declined to element what number of Rifts it has shipped at this level.

In its assertion, Oculus stated: “The element scarcity impacted our portions greater than we anticipated, and we’ve up to date the cargo window to mirror these modifications.”

Some Rift pre-orderers have reportedly had their delivery estimates pushed from Might to early June, or from early June to late June, in response to RoadToVR.

“We apologize for the delay. We’re delivering Rifts to clients daily, and we’re targeted on getting Rifts out the door as quick as we will,” Oculus added. “We’ve taken steps to deal with the element scarcity, and we’ll proceed delivery in larger volumes every week. We’ve additionally elevated our manufacturing capability to permit us to ship in greater portions, quicker. Many Rifts will ship lower than 4 weeks from unique estimates, and we hope to beat the brand new estimates we’ve offered.”

One other beforehand introduced Rift-associated delay includes the 2 Contact controllers meant for use to allow individuals to work together with the VR content material. These aren’t delivery with the primary rig — having been delayed to the second half of this yr.

In the meantime, rival VR rig the HTC Vive began delivery earlier this month, together with its two proprietary controllers.

Hardware delays apart, the larger problem confronted by VR rigs is the necessity to supply consumers compelling content material. Early digital actuality consumers on all sides are going to wish to train appreciable endurance on that entrance.