Oculus Rift demos will be available in 48 Best Buy stores later this week

By Jos
May 2, 2016
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  1. Oculus wants to make virtual reality mainstream but the technology is difficult to describe with pure marketing -- it needs to be experienced. Today the Facebook-owned company is taking an important step towards reaching the masses with the announcement that Oculus Rift headsets will be available in 48 Best Buy stores around the country later this week.

    Oculus plans to include a range of VR demos to show off the hardware, including the Oculus Dreamdeck and The Climb, with Farlands being added at a later date. Those curious about VR will be able to go online, see what stores are participating and schedule a demo.

    Up until now Oculus has only been able to offer public demonstrations at trade shows and developer conferences, so this is a necessary and logical next step for the company. That said, the fact that hardware units are being shipped out to retail locations before they've fulfilled their first pre-orders is sure to irk early backers, as Polygon points out.

    Oculus says it won't have many demo units on hand at first because of this. It’ll also let people who cancel their pre-order and buy their Rift at retail, to keep all their pre-order benefits, including the EVE: Valkyrie founder's pack and priority status of Touch pre-orders.

    Aside from Best Buy, a small number of Rifts will be available for purchase online from Microsoft and Amazon starting May 6.

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  2. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Maniac Posts: 288   +105

    Why even do a pre-order event if you can't meet the demand? Then tell everyone who's still waiting for their orders to go ahead and cancel the online order only to pick it up in stores months later...

    Still awaiting my :03 preorderd Vive :(
  3. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 568   +25

    I plan on setting one of these up in Australia, Melbourne very soon (hoping for around 5 stations) through scorptec. Keep your eyes peeled for that.

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