If you were an early adopter of the Oculus Rift who placed a pre-order in the hope that it would ship on March 28th, then we can imagine your disappointed when it didn’t arrive. As with any new technology, snags like this can be expected and for something as exciting as VR i’m sure certain allowances were already made in your head for such a predicament.

The question is how long does it take for disappointment to turn to annoyance (and further) when you’re told that your Oculus Rift might actually ship months later than expected? Well this is the reality that some eager VR advocates faced yesterday when Oculus updated their order history to show expected delivery dates. Many of the people that are seeing these long delays are actually some of the first people to make a pre-order, which i’m sure only rubs salt deeper into the wound.

The cause for the delay is apparently due to a component shortage which is critical in the manufacturing process.

Oculus have released an official statement regarding the issue citing the problem and apologising for the knock on effect that it has caused. The statement is as follows:

The component shortage impacted our quantities more than we expected, and we’ve updated the shipment window to reflect these changes. We apologize for the delay.

We’re delivering Rifts to customers every day, and we’re focused on getting Rifts out the door as fast as we can. We’ve taken steps to address the component shortage, and we’ll continue shipping in higher volumes each week. We’ve also increased our manufacturing capacity to allow us to deliver in higher quantities, faster. Many Rifts will ship less than four weeks from original estimates, and we hope to beat the new estimates we’ve provided.

Whilst some might not receive their devices till June, others still have a chance at seeing them around the end of April / start of May. Either way, i’m sure the wait has already felt long enough. Hopefully this delay doesn’t damage people’s faith in the Oculus too much as this has been an unforeseen and unpredictable circumstance.

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