HTC and Valve had an ambitious goal, releasing their VR headset this year. For unknown reasons, they have now announced that they’ll only ship a “limited” quantity in 2015, followed by “larger” quantities in Q1 2016.
Back in march, HTC and Valve announced that the HTC Vive will be launched by the end of 2015. Since then, everyone assumed the HTC Vive to be the first new generation VR headset released, which is still correct, but questionable, since we don’t know what “limited quantity” means. Thereby, things will get interesting with their direct competitor, the Oculus Rift, shipping in Q1 2016 too – followed by Sonys Project Morpheus which is ready to go, waiting for games. Valve still claimed the HTC Vive to be “the first complete VR system heading to consumers”, though.
The information seems to be gathered off of a press release about playable Vive games at PAX Prime, a series of gaming events which take place in Seattle Aug 28-31. “Later this year, HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems, with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016.”
One can only speculate about possible reasons for the delay. Product launches are often blighted by stock shortages, which may be the case. However, Valve also confirmed that over 80 games are currently in production for the Vive.
What do you think? Why are Valve and HTC not able to release more units as fast as promised? How will the HTC Vive thus be influenced by its competitors?