Oculus to put Rift demos in 48 Best Buy stores starting May 7

Limited quantities will be on sale at the stores and online from Amazon and Microsoft beginning May 6.

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Oculus has had a bumpy time of late with its delayed shipment to backers of its Kickstarter campaign. However, the company is undaunted, moving ahead with a launch through some retail outlets this weekend.

On its official blog, Oculus revealed that the Rift will be part of the Intel Experience at 48 Best Buys around the United States starting on May 7. It promises that later this summer, more Best Buy locations will be added. In addition, Oculus says an "extremely limited" number of Rifts will be available for purchase at Best Buy and online through Microsoft and Amazon on May 6 starting at 9 a.m. PT. Oculus is focused on filling its backlogged pre-orders, but the company wants to get some extra units out to people willing to pay for them. Of course, if you can't wait for your pre-order, Oculus will let you buy it retail and still keep the pre-order benefits, such as like the EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack and priority status for Touch pre-orders.

"Starting May 6th, if you’re interested, simply go to your order status and let us know you’ve purchased a Rift at retail, and we’ll cancel your pre-order. Your EVE: Valkyrie entitlement will appear in your order history," the site says.

As part of the in-store experience, Oculus is showing demos of Dreamdeck and The Climb. Farlands will be added in the coming weeks.

Oculus has introduced Oculus Live so people can find the store closest to them that will be doing demos. If you live in Canada or Europe, Oculus said it is working to bring demos to those areas this fall.

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    May 2, 2016 9:55 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Oculus to put Rift demos in 48 Best Buys stores starting May 7

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      May 2, 2016 9:56 AM

      Actually very excited about this. Haven't been able to experience this generation of VR yet.

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      May 2, 2016 10:19 AM

      nationwide pinkeye epidemic

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        May 2, 2016 12:06 PM

        How many cases of pinkeye are attributable to VR demos? I am just curious. I have been hearing a lot about this lately.

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          May 2, 2016 12:21 PM

          Mine gave me herpes

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            May 2, 2016 1:56 PM

            You're lucky, the one TMWTB sent me also came packed with Space AIDS :(

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            May 2, 2016 2:57 PM

            You may have put the headset on the wrong head.

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              May 2, 2016 5:01 PM

              You could be surprised my good friend

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          May 2, 2016 3:38 PM

          I think that was a rumor that got started at PAX last year, but not sure if it was ever confirmed.

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            May 2, 2016 4:18 PM

            It was a real enough concern in 2014 that mid-show many folks started to use cleaning wipes between each demo, which is now pretty much standard practice.

            I don't think I met anyone who was actually affected, but there were media folks who for sure did VR demos who then wrote in their articles mentioning that they got something.

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              May 2, 2016 4:38 PM

              I guess my glasses protect me!

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                May 2, 2016 4:59 PM

                You know, I bet they actually did help you there.

                Also, any chance ShackNews HMDs might be coming to ShackCon? Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes works fine on a laptop screen, but I haven't made the plunge into VR yet... though I also have no idea how it will run on my laptop in VR.

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                  May 2, 2016 5:05 PM

                  We need a desktop there... Hmm.

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                    May 2, 2016 5:17 PM

                    Sounds like Nitrium is driving and kbnerd, if attending, is nearby. Not sure what kind of PCs they're sporting though.

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                    May 2, 2016 8:29 PM

                    Hmm, in Keep Talking I am getting solid 60 (seems to cap there in non-VR mode) at 1080x2 with 4x AA, so I'm suspecting that Keep Talking may work fine even off my laptop (which makes sense as they originally demoed it from laptops). Nothing else will, but...

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                      May 2, 2016 9:59 PM

                      What is the point of having VR at Shackcon without Roomscale? :P

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                        May 2, 2016 10:11 PM

                        :D

                        Far be it from me to argue against going all the way with it, room scale is amazing and I hope more people get to experience the awe.

                        I just wanted to make sure that worst case we could still diffuse bombs with an HMD off my laptop.

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      May 2, 2016 10:29 AM

      now if they'd only release software (game) demos, or 360 3D screenshots, or have a game refund policy for current customers.

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        May 2, 2016 12:12 PM

        Chargebacks via credit card should do the trick

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          May 2, 2016 1:40 PM

          If it works like Steam they'll lock you out of the account entirely for doing a chargeback.

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            May 2, 2016 3:39 PM

            PSN does this as well.

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              May 2, 2016 5:11 PM

              New plan create an account for every game. Username1, Username2!

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      May 2, 2016 12:44 PM

      Sweet, I can finally try one

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      May 2, 2016 3:32 PM

      In addition, Oculus says an "extremely limited" number of Rifts will be available for purchase at Best Buy and online through Microsoft and Amazon on May 6 starting at 9 a.m. PT. Oculus is focused on filling its backlogged pre-orders, but the company wants to get some extra units out to people willing to pay for them

      This is a big fuck you to me and everyone else waiting for their preorder to ship.

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        May 2, 2016 4:06 PM

        Boy it sure is. I won't even buy one now at all.

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        May 2, 2016 4:43 PM

        Yeah that's not good. Maybe they're pissing off some partners too?

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        May 2, 2016 4:58 PM

        That is really shitty of them. I'd be really unhappy with decisions like these if I had kept my oculus pre-order. I still don't like it, but I have no personal involvement anymore.

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        May 2, 2016 5:07 PM

        Wow, what the fuck. Fuck you Oculus.

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        May 2, 2016 5:24 PM

        no, this is not a big fuck you to people waiting. this is likely a contract that was penned long before preorders even started.

        businesses, how do they work?

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          May 2, 2016 8:13 PM

          That is a complete guess on your side and even if its true they probably shouldn't have signed contracts guaranteeing units before knowing demand. The fact that they were going to have a lot of pre-orders wasn't a complete surprise.

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            May 2, 2016 8:23 PM

            So, they announced limited retail demos months ago without contracts ? You think that is more likely than what I said? K.

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        May 2, 2016 5:24 PM

        Having a demo of the device and not even selling a single one might be something they were unwilling to do?

        The only way I could rationalize it is trying to get the Oculus out to more people to get excited through Best Buy demos, but having BB demand a few to sell as well.

        But yeah, that really sucks.

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        May 2, 2016 5:25 PM

        ah, I should have refreshed before I posted so I could include "omfg, you reactionary fuccbois don't understand contracts."

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          May 2, 2016 6:11 PM

          Ok, but they need to clarify what is happening with our orders then.

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            May 2, 2016 6:22 PM

            They have! Back on April 15 or so. This is separate, parallel fulfillment from your orders.

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