When it was first revealed to the world earlier this year, the HTC stated that its Vive virtual reality headset will made its way to consumer during the year-end festive season. Unfortunately, the season has arrived and the headset is still nowhere to be seen. True enough, consumers will only able to get their hands on HTC Vive next year.
According to official announcement by the Taiwanese company, the HTC Vive will be released in April 2016 although the actual date or pricing was not mention in the statement. The company also didn’t explain any specific reason behind the delay but it did point out in its statement that the company has been busy developing contents and improving hardware design as well as user experience together with building relationship with more partners since the Vive was first shown to the world.
Prior to the consumer release, HTC will be hosting a developer conference in Beijing later this month which will be then followed by the launch of second generation Vive Developer Kit at CES in January 2016. The company will then further showcase the VR headset at key events across the globe and deliver additional units to developers.
From the description, it seems like HTC is really working hard to make sure that its Vive VR headset will be fully reader for consumers not only in terms of hardware but also contents. While it is indeed good to see that HTC doesn’t intend to release a botched product just to meet its initial promise but let’s not forget that the finalized version of Oculus Rift which is a direct competition to Vive will be released much earlier in the first quarter of 2016.