HTC Vive Delayed Until 2016
It’s no secret that Oculus was the first poster child this side of the millennium to get everyone interested in virtual reality, with other companies scrambling to formulate their own rendition of the technology.
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There’s not much one can do when you are a tad late to the VR party while another tech company has a history of VR development going back a few years, so the best one could really do is promise to make a consumer version available before the competition, and this is exactly what HTC/Valve did with the HTC Vive, as it was announced earlier this year that there would be a limited commercial quantities of their headset at the end of 2015. With only 4 more weeks of 2015 to go, at an event co-hosted by Nvidia and HTC I guess they could not stall it any longer and said they would need more development time and a commercial release will be delayed to April 2016.
Instead of anticipated commercial release, HTC Vive will be releasing another dev kit will be released at CES earlier next year, with around 7000 headsets going out to game makers. We suspect that the fact that since second generation development kits are going out, HTC is looking to make sure they have a strong release contender for when the other VR solutions release. If the delay is to offer more functionality or integration with the wand controllers (as seen in this amazing video of Glen Keane using them to paint), then I am all for the delays.