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Oculus Quest 2 Faces Pre-Order Backlog, who will get it first?

Earlier this month, Facebook revealed and opened pre-orders for the long-anticipated Oculus Quest 2. The headset was made available from both Oculus.com and select retailers, with a slated shipping date of the 13thof October. But demand quickly seemed to overwhelm suppliers. Fans all around the world are now told to expect delays because of the pre-order backlog. But where is it worst? And who will get the Oculus Quest 2 first?

The Quest 2 is smaller, more powerful, lighter and more comfortable than its predecessor. It will also be released in two variants – a 64GB version for $299 and a 256GB version for $399. But with different levels of production and demand, the two versions – although both in high demand – could have different estimated dispatch dates in each territory.

So where is it worst? Canadians will have to wait until the 11th of November for both versions, almost an entire month after the original date. Customers in the United States are also delayed, with an estimated shipping date of the 3rd of November. However, vrfocus.com has reported that earlier shipping dates are available from retailers including Amazon or Walmart.The United Kingdom is fairing a bit better. The cheaper model is expected to ship on the 20th of October, while the more powerful version is delayed by three weeks, shipping on the 3rd of November. The rest of the world is much the same, except in Germany and South Korea where pre-orders are unavailable.
The Oculus Quest 2 is in high demand, particularly in North America. (Credit: T3.com)

The First Head-Mounted Displays – The Telesphere Mask and the Headsight. You might think that strapping a display on a person’s head is a relatively new idea, but it is not. The first head-mounted displays were developed as early as the 1960s. The Telesphere Mask was the first example of a head-mounted display, which provided 3D stereoscopic and wide vision with stereo sound. However, the device lacked certain immersion, because of it being a non-interactive medium. In 1961 two Philco Corporation engineers, Comeau and Bryan, came up with the Headsight. A head-mounted display, much like the Telesphere Mask, the Headsight featured magnetic motion tracking technology, which was connected to a close circuit camera. While the goggles can be named a precursor to modern virtual reality technology, they were not developed for entertainment purposes. Instead, they were developed for the military with the idea that a person would be able to immerse themselves in the remote viewing of dangerous situations.

Have you managed to snag a pre-order? In the meantime, why not get up to date with everything you need to know about the Oculus Quest 2.

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