Oculus Rift shipping delays: PC Bundle buyers can jump the queue

While an increasingly frustrated base of Oculus Rift pre-order customers continue to await delivery of their units, those ordering PC bundles can easily jump the queue.

Facebook-owned Oculus is furnishing the Microsoft Store and Best Buy in the US with their retail units and those ordering bundles are receiving near-instant shipment notifications.

The reports picked up over the weekend (via Tweaktown) come from the Oculus Rift subreddit show those purchasing now are receiving preferential treatment.

“Placed order for Oculus Rift ASUS G11CD-WS51 bundle at Microsoft Store today morning. Received shipping notification about two hours later,” one said.

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Others are gaming the system by ordering a bundle, while planning to return the PC once it arrives.

Another poster wrote: “Like many of us I was getting impatient so for kicks, I pre-ordered a Microsoft Oculus Rift + PC bundle off the website yesterday (since like Best Buy you can just return the computer with no fuss). Lo and behold, I just got a shipment confirmation for the Rift – it’s scheduled to arrive in the next couple of days.”

Naturally, this hasn’t gone over well with Rift loyalists who are still waiting for shipment, many of whom reserved their Rift on the first day of pre-orders.

The company is blaming a component shortage on the delay and is refunding shipping costs for those affected, but still isn’t providing detailed estimates. Many customers may have to wait until early June to receive their device.

One Reddit poster described the situation as “another swift kick in the nuts,” while another said it was a “slap in the dace to early adopters.”

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Oculus VR is yet to comment.

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