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Oculus looks to heal the Rift by offering free shipping on delayed orders

Despite the Oculus Rift arriving with some customers almost week ago, many of those who pre-ordered the VR headset are still waiting.

It isn’t a situation the Facebook-owned company has dealt with particularly well. Customers have been left in the dark with zero communication from the firm.

Now the company has piped up and explained that it has been unable to meet original shipping estimates due to a component shortage.

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Worse still, there will be no update on the situation for at least a week.

In an email to consumers, Oculus explained: “We’ve been working through an unexpected component shortage, and unfortunately, that issue has impacted the original shipping estimates for some early customers.

“We’re working hard to get up-to-date ship windows, and you should expect to see your order status updated on by Tuesday, April 12th.”

While the update is coming on 12 April, it doesn’t mean the headsets will be on their way out.

As an apology to those affected by the delays, Palmer Luckey’s team is refunding the shipping costs, even to international customers.

Twitter users have thanked the CEO for his update, but cautioned Oculus against further lack of communication with customers.

One, @killyourfm, wrote: “This. Communication can solve almost anything Brendan. Silence only forces speculation and animosity.”

Another, @BSanbizzle, added: “Thank you! Never stop communicating with your customers. Last week’s silence was a big mistake.”


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