Oculus Rift set for launch, but “Quantities will be extremely limited”
Oculus today shared details about its retail plans for the much awaited Rift. The headset will launch at 48 Best Buy stores in the US on May 7 as part of The Intel Experience, Oculus said in a blog post.
A small number of Rifts will be available for purchase at select Best Buy stores starting May 7 and online from Microsoft and Amazon, starting May 6 at 9am PST, Oculus confirmed in a blog post. However, the company warned consumers not to raise their hopes of getting hold of a handset. “Quantities will be extremely limited while we catch up on Rift pre-orders,” the post added.
The launch will be followed, later in summer, with more in-store Rift demos at additional Best Buy locations.
“For many, this is a first chance to jump into truly immersive VR. We’ll have a variety of experiences that everyone can enjoy, including VR vignettes with Oculus Dreamdeck. Ultimate thrill seekers will be able to experience what it’s like rock climbing on the side of a cliff with The Climb, and in the coming weeks, you’ll be able to explore the beautiful alien world of Farlands,” the company said.
“We know that many pre-order customers are still waiting for their Rifts, so we’re offering those customers a chance to purchase Rift from retail instead – while keeping their pre-order benefits, like the EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack and priority status for Touch pre-orders. Starting May 6th, if you’re interested, simply go to your order status and let us know you’ve purchased a Rift at retail, and we’ll cancel your pre-order. Your EVE: Valkyrie entitlement will appear in your order history,” the blog post stated.