HTC just announced another delay of their upcoming VR headset HTC Vive. Therefore, the consumer version is going to be released in April next year.
Many people were excited, waiting for the HTC Vive to be released this year. Then they announced a delay, but said they would still be able to ship a small quantity of the finished product to consumers this year. Now, another statement whiped out the dreams of many: it will be delayed further, to be finally released in April next year – no reasons mentioned. Of course it is a legitimate decision to delay shipment if you can’t guarantee the expected quality. On the other hand, many people have been looking forward to a release this year and rumors began to spread. Fans criticize HTC and Valve for telling them only now.
However, the good news is that HTC will be hosting a “developer conference in Beijing on December 18th, launching the second generation of the HTC Vive Developer Kit at CES”. And they announced to ship 7,000 units of the new DK early next year:
We will be starting the new year by making an additional 7,000 units available to developers, followed by commercial availability in April 2016.
The really interesting part about this delay is the fact that Oculus has not committed to any specific launch date for their Oculus Rift VR headset yet. Only thing they told the public is Q1 of 2016 as a release span. As a result, they may try hard to release the Oculus Rift even before April, so they could be the first ones to release their next-generation VR headset. PlayStation VR is due Q2 2016.
What are your thoughts on the delay?