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Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey can now add “courier” to his résumé alongside “virtual reality superstar.”
The first wave of Oculus Rift VR headsets are shipping now, but Ross Martin — the first person to preorder the device — didn’t have to wait for FedEx because Luckey dropped it off in person. The VR executive went to Alaska to bring the headset to Martin’s office, and he livestreamed the event to Facebook, the parent company of Oculus VR. Experts at tech advisor Digi-Capital think the virtual reality market could reach $30 billion in spending by 2020, and if that happens, it’s going to start here with Luckey paying a visit to a fan.
Check out the delivery for yourself below:
While Luckey showed up to Martin today, most people won’t start getting their systems until March 28. But Oculus has already sold out of preorders through June — so you’ll have to wait until July if you order one now. Those brisk sales should help Oculus reach some key milestones this year.
Industry observers think that Oculus will ship somewhere around 500,000 units over the next year — although some analysts think it’s possible that number will approach 2 million.
But whether or not Oculus meets expectations, Martin will always remember when the company made him feel like this:
— Ross Martin (@RossDM) March 26, 2016
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