Those that were early enough – and lucky enough – to be one of the first to pre-order the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in the first week of 2016 will be getting their units on 28th March 2016. These kits will arrive along with those that are being distributed to Kickstarter backers that purchased the first development kit (DK1) for the device all the way back in 2012. For those that are still yet to get their orders in there’s a small piece of bad news; Oculus Rift pre-orders are now backdated to July 2016.
The new shipping month only recently started to appear. When pre-orders first went online the expected ship date was quickly pushed from March into April, with May and June following shortly thereafter. It’s taken around a week and a half, then, for the orders to slip all the way back to July, suggesting the device is continuing to perform well. As Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey has said in the past, however, some of these orders will be moved forward as Oculus VR itself weeds out some of the fraudulent orders that have been made. Could orders slip all the way back to August?
Those that do pre-order the Oculus Rift will be getting a free copy of CCP Games’ anticipated VR space combat simulation, EVE: Valkyrie with their unit. They’ll also be reserving a spot in line to pre-order Oculus VR’s position tracked controllers, Oculus Touch, when they launch in the second half of next year. Meanwhile, everyone that purchases a kit through pre-order or otherwise will be getting a free copy of Playful’s third-person platform title, Lucky’s Tale, as well as an Xbox One gamepad with the wireless adapter to connect it to a PC.
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