HTC Vive VR head­set to ship in ‘lim­ited quan­ti­ties’ this year: part­ner Valve

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The com­mer­cial re­lease of Tai­wanese smart­phone maker HTC Corp.’s Vive vir­tual re­al­ity head­set, co-de­vel­oped with U.S. video game devel­oper Valve, will not be widely avail­able un­til early 2016.

In an Aug. 27 state­ment an­nounc­ing the com­pany’s pres­ence at the PAX Prime expo in Seat­tle, Valve said: “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.”

“To date, HTC and Valve have re­ceived over 10,000 devel­oper kit in­quiries and over 80 VR ti­tles are known to be in pro­duc­tion for the Vive. The devel­oper sign up page has closed but de­vel­op­ment kits con­tinue to ship through this sum­mer and fall,” Valve said, adding that the Vive devel­oper kits have been avail­able for free since May.

The an­nounce­ment could make 2016 the year of vir­tual re­al­ity, with the Rift head­set from Face­book-owned Ocu­lus sched­uled for re­lease in the first quar­ter of 2016 and Sony Corp.’s Mor­pheus head­set due in early 2016.

An­nounced at the 2015 Game Devel­oper’s Con­fer­ence, the HTC Vive was orig­i­nally ex­pected to be the first com­plete VR sys­tem head­ing to con­sumers by the end of 2015.

The Vive fea­tures a head-mounted dis­play (HMD) and tracked con­trollers, al­low­ing wear­ers to in­spect ob­jects from ev­ery an­gle and in­ter­act with their sur­round­ings in vir­tual re­al­ity.

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