The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset’s retail launch in Canada has been deferred in a few stores, one day before its arranged release. The Rift was planned to hit store shelves Tuesday, however Best Buy’s site now says it’s expected on Oct. 11, a delay of three weeks. A Microsoft Store agent in Toronto said Rift headsets likewise aren’t expected in their stores on Tuesday, yet online orders ought to ship normally. Amazon Canada records the Rift delivery as Sept. 20. A representative for the online retailer said it doesn’t expect any deferrals.
A Best Buy representative confirmed the store is experiencing “unexpected delays” and that the retail chain is “working hard with Oculus to expedite orders as quickly as possible.”
Best Buy customers who pre-ordered the Rift will receive a $25 gift card because of the delay, Best Buy said.
This isn’t the first time Oculus has dealt with product delays. In May, Rift headsets started appearing in a few stores in the U.S., while customers who had as of now pre-ordered a headset were advised they would need to sit for months for their units to arrive. The Rift sells for $849 with the game Lucky’s Tale included. A Windows PC is required for it to work.
The delay will put the Rift in stores just two days before the launch of the less expensive PlayStation VR headset, which will sell for $549, or in a pack with a camera, two Move controllers and the game PlayStation VR Worlds for $699. The pricier HTC Vive is right now accessible in Canada for $1,149.