HTC Vive VR Headset set to Launch in April 2016

Yesterday, HTC announced that its Vive VR headset will not be hitting the market by the end of 2015 as earlier promised. Although the delay is not dramatic, the company announced that it plans on providing developers with an additional 7,000 units at the start of the new year, followed by commercial availability in April 2016.

Launch of Vive VR Headset Delayed

This is not the first time that HTC is revising the launch date. First announced in March 2015, the HTC Vive was originally planned to release before the end of the year.

But in late August, the company issued the updated Q1 target, announcing that they would be offering a limited number of commercial systems by the end of 2015, with more quantities shipping in the first quarter of 2016 – at around the same time as the release of the Oculus Rift to give it a head start in winning over virtual reality early adopters.

The anticipated showdown between the first two major PC-based VR headsets pitted against each other is now slightly off.
HTC, along with partner Valve, says that its pre-release kits have been aimed at not just game developers, but also broader entertainment, educational, medical, and retail-focused creators. The company intends to host a developers conference on 18 December in Beijing, before showing off its second generation development kit – that was dispatched to game developers earlier this year – at CES in January.

Following the statement, it is unclear what consumers should expect from the new version, and whether the commercial units will reflect those enhancements come April.

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