HTC Vive Is Taking Advantage Of Oculus Rift VR Delay
The embarrassing delay of the Oculus Rift has affected many customers and the company had to send out letters of apology for the convenience. Moreover, the cost of shipping the units that were supposed to be reach their new owners this passed weekend will be covered by Facebook and Oculus. The HTC Vive will be shipped out tomorrow and its price will be $799, with $200 more than the Rift headset, but it will offer the most complete package.
Facebook invested $2 billion in the acquisition of Oculus Rift and the VR headset was finally released on March 28, after the company has brought two development kits and preorders for the Consumer version were open on January 6. Those who preordered the Oculus Rift waited anxiously to get their hands on this virtual reality device, but the company wasn’t able to deliver them on time because of an “unexpected component shortage”.
Oculus didn’t say what the affected components are, but has assured the affected customers that they will get updated shipping dates on April 12 and that the shipping costs will be covered by the company. “First set of Rifts are going out slower than we [originally] estimated, so we’re giving free shipping for all preorders, including international,” has said Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe on his Twitter account.
The problem is that the Touch Controllers (which will take VR experience to a new level, by allowing customers to use their hands) are not included in the shipping package because they will be released later this year. Plus, another complaint is related to the huge amount of money that is required to invest on a compatible high-end computer.
The Vive will bring touch controllers, will have an built-in camera with which the users will see a live view, as well as base stations that map the room, allowing people to move around more in the VR space.