First Batch of 10,000 Oculus DK2 Headsets Will Start Shipping Around July 14th
Earlier in March, Oculus Rift announced that its second generation virtual reality headset would be made available for pre-ordering at a price tag for $350 a piece. However, the tech firm did not nail down the time frame for shipping the device. It only gave a rough idea of “sometime in July.”
That being said, the company on Tuesday has finally confirmed in an official forum post that the Oculus Developer Kit #2 will start arriving soon, and will reach keen developers by the week of 14th July.
On the other hand, the post also reveals that the company has been swamped with 45,000+ pre-orders and is struggling to keep pace with the demand for its technology.
The post explained:
We’re now over 45,000 DK2 pre-orders, which is incredibly exciting. That said, we’re slightly behind in manufacturing and there’s currently a high chance that some developers with estimated shipping in July may not have their DK2s shipped until August. We have a team in China working on continued ramp of production at our factory, and we’ll work our way through the queue as fast as we can.
Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR, earlier revealed that almost 13 thousand pre-orders were received in the first 36 hours after they made the announcement in March. To look at his statement from another angle, it means that a lot of people, who made orders the following day, won’t be getting their virtual reality headsets.
The demand for this technology is so much that the tech firm, which was acquired by Facebook for $2 Billion earlier this year, “ran out of materials” for their Oculus Developer Kit #1 as they managed to successfully sell almost 50,000 units. The Oculus DK2 with 45,000 units pre-ordered, is poised to surpass its predecessor.
Oculus’ community manager also added:
Once your DK2 is ready for shipment, you’ll receive an email with a tracking number which can be used to see an estimated delivery date. Please do not contact Oculus support asking for a shipping estimate, as we do not know the status of your package until a tracking number has been generated.
No doubt, every tech corporation, private or government, has set their eyes on this technology, which can potentially revolutionize the current media platform. What do you think about Oculus VR? Leave us a comment below.