Over the weekend, eager buyers of the Oculus Rift pre-order received the following e-mail in their inboxes.
We know you're anxious to receive your Oculus Rift and apologize for not updating your order status sooner. We've been working through an unexpected component shortage, and unfortunately, that issue has impacted the original shipping estimates for some early customers.
We're working hard to get up-to-date ship windows, and you should expect to see your order 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 shipping and handling costs for all orders placed through today.
We're shipping rifts everyday. Don't hesitate to reach out to the Oculus support team if you have additional questions.
The Oculus Team
What does this mean? Your rift "may" and probably will be delayed but at least, your shipping charge will no longer apply, even on international orders. However, Oculus will charge you the tax on the shipping for US customers. Most will see their shipping reduce from $32.40 to $2.39. So feel free to spend the money you save on a new VR game!