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Oculus Rift Delayed

The folks behind the Oculus Rift announce the delay until March 2013 of the developer kits for these gaming headsets:

When we launched our Kickstarter campaign in August, we hoped to sell a few hundred kits to game developers and virtual reality enthusiasts around the world. Instead, we were blown away by the overwhelming response from a community of almost 10,000 backers, who raised nearly $2.5 million dollars to help us develop the Oculus Rift.

Designing, sourcing, and manufacturing thousands of developer kits is no small feat. Since our Kickstarter, we’ve been up against the wall, working around the clock to produce and distribute over 7,500 units in just 4 short, crazy months. We’ve had to modify our original design for mass-manufacturing and, at the same time, balance additional features with our tight schedule.

We wanted to have the developer kits to all our backers before the holidays; but more than that, we want to ship the best Oculus Rift developer kit possible. In order to accommodate the required changes, new features, and manufacturing duration, we had to shift our ship date.

We’re happy to be able to finally announce that the Oculus Rift developer kits will begin shipping in March 2013.

We want to thank everyone for their patience and support. Know that we’re pouring our hearts into this project.

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7. Re: Oculus Rift Delayed Nov 29, 2012, 13:12 Creston
 
Flatline wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 01:39:
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 00:39:
Better get it right. As long as you let your backers know, few, if any, will complain about the delay.

Creston

Having backed a dozen or so projects, they've got one more delay before the shitstorm starts. On average, you're looking at 6 months of delay before the KS crowd starts to lose their shit. Then there's a 2-3 month window where the community fragments and bitches back and forth at each other, alternately crying for crucifixion and white knighting the project, then slowly more and more converts to the angry mob occur until about a year after the promised ship date, when even good news like "we're shipping" gets a hearty "fuck you and your mom with an AIDS infected broken glass bottle".

Oddly enough, this doesn't change from what I've seen regardless of the product being shipped.

I think this is now commonly referred to as the Bioware Effect.

Creston
 
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6. Re: Oculus Rift Delayed Nov 29, 2012, 04:14 The Half Elf
 
BAD CUTTER BAAAAD!  
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5. Re: Oculus Rift Delayed Nov 29, 2012, 02:28 Cutter
 
Flatline wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 01:39:
"fuck you and your mom with an AIDS infected broken glass bottle".

Oddly enough, this doesn't change from what I've seen regardless of the product being shipped.

Ok, I laughed my ass off at that!
 
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4. Re: Oculus Rift Delayed Nov 29, 2012, 01:39 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 00:39:
Better get it right. As long as you let your backers know, few, if any, will complain about the delay.

Creston

Having backed a dozen or so projects, they've got one more delay before the shitstorm starts. On average, you're looking at 6 months of delay before the KS crowd starts to lose their shit. Then there's a 2-3 month window where the community fragments and bitches back and forth at each other, alternately crying for crucifixion and white knighting the project, then slowly more and more converts to the angry mob occur until about a year after the promised ship date, when even good news like "we're shipping" gets a hearty "fuck you and your mom with an AIDS infected broken glass bottle".

Oddly enough, this doesn't change from what I've seen regardless of the product being shipped.
 
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3. Re: Oculus Rift Delayed Nov 29, 2012, 01:34 DangerDog
 
consumer version 2014 / 2015 *sigh*

I bet you see these all over ebay when they get them out for $1000
 
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2. Re: Oculus Rift Delayed Nov 29, 2012, 01:17 DrEvil
 
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 00:39:
Better get it right. As long as you let your backers know, few, if any, will complain about the delay.

Creston

Really, backers don't have much to complain about here. They're getting a better product. The screens are larger, the response time is much lower, and the input refresh rate is also 6x+ higher.

With that said, the real story will be the consumer version.
 
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1. Re: Oculus Rift Delayed Nov 29, 2012, 00:39 Creston
 
Better get it right. As long as you let your backers know, few, if any, will complain about the delay.

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