How to Try the Oculus Rift Without Buying One Yourself
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Any virtual reality supporter will tell you that you won’t truly “get it” until your try it. One of the big players in the VR space, Oculus, knows this, which is why they’re offering demos of its headsets at certain Best Buy locations.

Sadly, the locations are limited to 48 Best Buy stores located in the United States starting on May 7, so you might be looking at a bit of drive if you don’t live right near one of the areas.

To use the tool, just head to live.oculus.com and enter your zip code. The tool will search for the closest stores to what you entered and show you on both a list and a map. If there’s one that’s close to you, click the location and then you’ll be able to choose a date and time that works for you.

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This at least makes it so you won’t have to stand in a long line to get the VR experience. And if you happen to drive far to give it a shot, you’ll know exactly when you’ll get in.

If there isn’t a store that’s reasonably close to you, Oculus does promise that more locations will be added, and you can enter your email address to be informed of when they do. If you aren’t in the United States, Oculus also says that it plans to bring the demos to Canada and Europe in the Fall.

Additionally, there will be “extremely limited” quantities of Rifts sold at select Best Buy stores starting May 7 and online from Microsoft and Amazon, starting May 6 at 9am PST.

What are your thoughts on VR? Will you make the treck to try a Rift for yourself? Let us know!

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  1. Anonymous
    May 6, 2016 at 4:22 am

    I'm excited to try Google Tilt. The previews make it look amazing.

    • Anonymous
      May 8, 2016 at 10:17 am

      I tried tilt brush (only had a few mins) but I can see a lot off potential.

  2. Anonymous
    May 5, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Personally, I think it's pretty disgusting shipping these without fulfilling the preorder promise. At the same time you still have the option to cancel and buy in store so it softens the blow somewhat.

    I think the HTC Vive is probably doing far better than Oculus expected and this may be a slight show of panic on Oculus's part.

    Either way, I'm happy both the Vive and Oculus are getting out there. I'm tired of hearing "VR is a fad" and "it doesn't look fun at all" " or they're faking their reactions" from people who readily admit not having tried them.

    Good luck to VR I say, I'll probably get a Vive a few years after its release when it releases the second version.