While pre-orders for the Oculus Rift are now shipping, many customers have found themselves frustrated thanks to delayed delivery estimates for recent orders. It seems that these delays are due to shortages on the components necessary to build the headset. To make up for the inconvenience, Oculus will now be covering the shipping costs for current Rift units that have not yet shipped.

According to an email obtained by PCGamesN, Oculus will provide an update on shipping in mid-April:

We're working hard to up-to-date ship windows, and you should expect to see your oder status updated on oculus.com by Tuesday, April 12. Although many Rifts will be arriving on schedule and in line with original estimates, we'll be covering the shipping and handling costs for all orders placed through today.

Just to be clear, this does not mean that Oculus will cover the shipping on new orders. But existing orders should have those costs covered.

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