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Lens shortage may be responsible for Oculus Rift delays

The Oculus Rift launch didn’t get off to the best start, with many customers having their units delayed by part shortages. While Oculus didn’t give us the full story surrounding the hold up in manufacturing, reports this week seem to point towards a lens shortage specifically.

Many of those that pre-ordered an Oculus Rift have had their orders delayed by anywhere from a couple of weeks to more than a month. According to DigiTimes, this is down to the headset’s custom lenses, which have proven difficult to manufacture in large quantities.

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These lenses apparently have a fairly low yield rate, so without some form of adjustment to the design, there likely won’t be a quick fix. The best Oculus can do is double down on manufacturing and hope it can catch up and then keep up with demand.

Right now, if you go to pre-order an Oculus Rift, you will end up with an August shipping date, unless you’re willing to pay the extortionate prices some people are charging on eBay at the moment.

KitGuru Says: This would help to explain the Rift situation a bit better. Obviously, this is unofficial information as Oculus has been pretty quiet on exactly what part of its headset is causing the hold up, so take it with a grain of salt. Have any of you pre-ordered a Rift? When is yours due to arrive?

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