The first Rift may have already been delivered and pre-orders already started shipping, but there is a distinct lack of clarity when it comes to just when those who pre-ordered will have their VR headsets in their hand. In light of this, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to share some information to help manage expectations as to when to expect the Rift to arrive.
It was officially stated when pre-orders went live in January that March 28th would be the official shipment date to mark the first wave of Rift deliveries. However, a tweet from Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe on Friday raised speculation that those with pre-orders or Kickstarter backers, that were promised free limited edition Rifts, could start to see their Rift bundles landing on their doorsteps on the 28th, rather than just dispatch notifications.
The first Oculus Rift has shipped, deliveries begin Monday 3.28.2016. pic.twitter.com/C0MMKmezun
— Brendan Iribe (@brendaniribe) 24 March 2016
Inevitably, as the internet does, Reddit became alight with anxiety and speculation as to the information on various orders, eventually with the finger being pointed directly at Oculus and the lack of clarity surrounding the delivery expectations.
Que Palmer Luckey who took to Twitter this morning sharing the latest information to clarify things.
Shipping update: Kickstarter Rifts will start arriving Mon, pre-orders start shipping mid-week (likely Wed) and will arrive this week too.
— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) 28 March 2016
Original Kickstarter backers who were promised a free consumer Rift bundle should expect deliveries from today, March 28th, and those who pre-ordered should set expectations for arrivals starting 30th March onwards.
The Oculus Rift sells for $599 with a headset, sensor, cables, and a copy of Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie.