Valve announces it’s delaying HTC Vive until next year
Buried at the bottom of a press release announcing its presence at this year’s PAX, Valve has said HTC’s headset will arrive in Q1 2016. The delay is due to production restraints, although Valve doesn’t go into any detail on the matter.
While Valve claims that more than 80 virtual-reality titles are in production for Vive, some developers will have to wait a while for developer units when they arrive later this year. According to the press release, Valve and HTC have received over 10,000 inquiries for dev kits, but have warned that there will be a “limited quantity” available.
By moving its release window back to the first quarter of 2016, HTC and Valve have put Vive in direct competition with the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus. For many Vive was seen as a bold new launch into the world of VR devices, but now the start of 2016 is going to be very divisive indeed.