Ross Martin was the first person to preorder the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, after following the project since day 1 – though he didn’t know it. After receiving an email asking him to confirm the delivery details, Martin was informed that the delivery would be made in person.
Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus Rift, flew to Anchorage, Alaska to present Martin with his purchase, live-streaming the entire event to Facebook. The delivery came two days before other customers are scheduled to receive their preorders, and the device came signed by Luckey himself and the other founders. Luckey later told Polygon:
“This didn’t come together until the last second, I’ve had a bunch of things that I’ve wanted to do over the years, and I was pretty adamant. I said hey guys, I’ve been working on this since 2009, we’ve been working on Oculus since 2012, I’ll be damned if some random delivery guy is going to get the satisfaction of delivering the first Rift. That’s mine.”
With the first batch of Rift preorder making their way through the world as we speak, consumers are likely to receive their consoles Monday 28th. Though with timeframes for April, May, and June all booked up – if you make your purchase now, expect to be waiting for July to see the device.