After a bumpy beginning to its VR revolution, Oculus appears to be sailing on smoother seas. The company says it's finished fulfilling Rift pre-orders, and it now expects new Rift orders from the Oculus store to ship within two to four business days. This milestone comes a little over a month after competitor HTC announced it could get a Vive order out the door in two to three business days.
Oculus will also be making it easier to try and buy a Rift at retail soon. The company says that "select Microsoft stores" will begin stocking Rifts this month. It also plans to roll out Rift demo stations in 500 Best Buy stores from now through the fall. Online retailers should also get greater stock of the Rift shortly, as well.
The next piece of the Rift puzzle—Oculus' Touch controllers—also seems to be on track. The company says it still plans to launch these hand controllers later this year. It'll talk more about those controllers and the launch titles that will show off their abilities at its Connect 3 conference October 5-7. That conference will feature keynotes from VR luminaries Michael Abrash and John Carmack, plus Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. Interested parties can visit the Connect site for more information. Registration for the conference begins August 2 at 9 AM Pacific time.