Although they are the first ones to touch base in terms of a commercial launch date reveal, the HTC Vive development team might not be to cozy with their performance, and apparently they needed a little more time on it.
The head mounted virtual reality set has been delayed to April 2016.
Originally, the developers had planned to release some development kits around the new year and then release the commercial build of the device soon after. The launch window that had been revealed back then was Q1 2016, and it was expected to come out in the earlier parts of the quarter.
Now, an update on the official HTC blog has confirmed that HTC Vive will not come out until April 2016 – they still didn’t reveal the exact launch date.
However, they have allotted a handsome number of development kits that they plan to send out to the creators at the start of the new year. HTC has promised that at least 7000 Vive headset development kits will be in the markets. The post reads:
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.
While you wait for the VR headset, the company is going to be touring a number of events where you can at least get a first hand experience of the device like CES, The Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, GDC and MWC.
HTC has also announced that the frequency of their demos will also be increased.
On December 18, 2015 they are also holding a developers conference in order to bring the best content creators on board.
It has been speculated that Oculus Rift allowing HTC Vive to take the lead in terms of launch schedules might be a mistake, what do you say about that?