HTC starts shipping Vive directly from website in shorter timeframe

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In a blow to Oculus’ delayed orders, HTC has announced the Vive is now shipping straight from its website within two to three days.

Oculus has received backlash over its shipping delays in recent months, saying supply chain issues are the problem.

The battle between the Rift and Vive for the best high-end headset has been intensifying, too. Amongst other moves, Microsoft recently announced Vive would be the first third party partner to run its Holographic operating system, and Oculus has blocked Vive users from using a workaround to access games on its store.

In addition to now shipping Vive consoles directly, Vive has also announced that from this month, the headset will be demoed in 100 stores around North America, including Microsoft, Gamestop and Micro Center.

The stores have all added extra locations to their listings and they’re open to the general public; much to the contrast of the Oculus Rift, which last month announced it’d be demoed at Best Buy stores but customers had to book a hard-to-get slot.

So far, neither Oculus nor Rift have announced public demos for Europe or elsewhere.

“Since beginning pre-orders at the end of Feb and shipping in early April, we’ve seen incredible interest in Vive,” said Dan O’ Brien, vice president of virtual reality at HTC.

Oculus has been seemingly quiet about any major moves or shipping in recent weeks, but the upcoming E3 conference and its Oculus Connect conference in September should prove fruitful.

What do you think - is the Vive overtaking Oculus, or is the Rift worth the wait?

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