Oculus Rift Dev Kits Delayed to March
Oculus Rift developer kits will begin shipping in March 2013, rather than the Christmas 2012 season initially targeted.
The Oculus Rift – a virtual reality headset that was successfully Kickstarted in September with nearly $2.5 million of funding — is being delayed due to the overwhelming volume of developer kits that have been ordered, which necessitated the establishment of a mass-production facility. Setting up the OR for mass production is the cause of the delay, but once the facility is finalized, the team will be able to produce over 500 developer kits a day.
Preparing the factory for mass production of a product like the Rift takes approximately 90 days, and the factory can’t begin until design and feature set has been locked down. The Rift manufacturer is already underway with the first tooling, which takes roughly 50-70 days.