HTC have announced that their VR headset will become commercially available next April, as well as the fact that the company will be producing 7,000 more units exclusively for developers.
In a blog post on the official HTC website, the company stated that they wanted to clear up any “speculation and misinformation surrounding the launch of HTC Vive this month”. HTC initially planned for a full 2015 release but scaled this back to a limited launch, enough so to still claim to be “the first complete VR system heading to consumers”.
The blog post continues:
“Since announcing the HTC Vive in March of this year we have focused on developing immersive content, refining both hardware design and user experience, and building relationships with new partners both inside and outside of the gaming industry. In collaboration with Valve, we have been distributing the HTC Vive Developer Kits to developers and content creators, and are continuing to work with many other innovative companies to create content that spans gaming, entertainment, medical, education and retail.”
HTC also announced that they will be hosting a Vive developer conference in Beijing on December 18, launching the second generation of the HTC Vive Developer Kit at the Consumer Electronics Show as well as providing showings at The Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Games Developer Conference and Mobile World Congress while expanding our their own demo tours.
The post ended: “We will be starting the new year by making an additional 7,000 units available to developers, followed by commercial availability in April 2016. We are incredibly excited about the future and look forward to sharing more information as we move forward towards launch.”