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Oculus Rift VR headset delayed in Canada

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset's retail launch in Canada has been delayed in some stores — one day before its planned release.

Best Buy delays in-store release date from Sept. 20 to Oct. 11

Canadian tech heads planning on buying an Oculus Rift VR set in stores will have to wait a few more weeks. (Eric Risberg/AP)

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset's retail launch in Canada has been delayed in some stores — one day before its planned release.

The Rift was scheduled to hit store shelves Tuesday, but Best Buy's site now says it's due on Oct. 11, a delay of three weeks.

A Best Buy representative confirmed the store is experiencing "unexpected delays" and that the retail chain is "working hard with Oculus to expedite orders as quickly as possible."

Best Buy customers who pre-ordered the Rift will receive a $25 gift card because of the delay, Best Buy said. 

A Microsoft Store representative in Toronto said Rift headsets also aren't expected in their stores on Tuesday, but online orders should ship normally.

Amazon Canada lists the Rift as shipping Sept. 20. A representative for the online retailer said it does not expect any delays.

Oculus rollout sluggish

This isn't the first time Oculus has dealt with product delays. In May, Rift headsets began showing up in some stores in the U.S., while customers who had already pre-ordered a headset were told they would have to wait months for their units to arrive.

The Rift sells for $849 with the game Lucky's Tale included. A Windows PC is required for it to work.

The delay will place the Rift in stores only two days before the launch of the cheaper PlayStation VR headset, which will sell for $549, or in a bundle with a camera, two Move controllers and the game PlayStation VR Worlds for $699.

The pricier HTC Vive is currently available in Canada for $1,149.