HTC slates release date for Vive VR headset and that is, unfortunately for those who expected the limited pre-release, April 2016.
In a public announcement, HTC let the public know that while the company had previously declared the Vive VR headset will be released in a limited edition by the end of this year, unfortunately it has to slash that plan. Nonetheless, the Vive VR headset has an official commercial release date: April 2016.
The same post announced that the HTC developer conference will be held in Beijing not long from now, on December 18th. At the developer conference, HTC plans to launch the second generation dev kit. Perhaps unwise as enthusiasts didn’t even have the opportunity to purchase the VR headset yet.
The Vive VR headset timeline also sees about 7,000 devices distributed solely to developers in the early beginning of 2016. The device will be taken on a presentation/marketing tour featuring key commercial events such as SXSW, The Sundance Film Festival, MWC and GDC.
As HTC slates release date for Vive VR headset to April 2016, those planning a purchase should keep in mind that it follows the release of another anxiously awaited virtual reality headset – Oculus Rift.
The blog post and email to the Vive VR developers isn’t online anymore. Yet, here is a saved part that clarifies the company’s intentions:
“We will be starting the new year by making an additional 7,000 units available to developers, followed by commercial availability in April 2016.”
The HTC post also declared the company’s enthusiast outlook for the future in addition to assuring everyone that we will be kept up to date with any new details as soon as they surface. In August, HTC had set the expected release date of the Vive VR headset in the first quarter of 2016. They’re not too far off the timeline, so plan your purchases accordingly.
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