Owning an Oculus Rift headset could finally become a reality for some fans this weekend. The Facebook-owned virtual reality company announced on Monday it will begin selling the devices at 48 Best Buy stories beginning May 7, with additional locations to come. The Rift’s will be incorporated into Best Buy’s in-store "Intel Experience" areas.
In a blog post, Oculus warned that only a "small number of Rifts" will be available for purchase at the Best Buy stores, but that interested parties can try buying one online from Microsoft or Amazon.com a day earlier on May 6.
"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," the company said. "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."
Oculus has taken a lot of heat for not keeping up with pre-orders for the device, which costs $599. It has been more than four weeks since Oculus began shipping to early-bird buyers, but the AP reports that "possibly most" are still waiting for their gadgets. "There's an element of inexcusable incompetence going on," Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder said.
In an effort to quiet those concerns, Oculus now says that pre-order customers who have not received their Rifts can go ahead and purchase from retail while retaining all the pre-order benefits.
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