HTC delays Vive release until April

The HTC Vive virtual reality headset. (Image courtesy HTC.)

The HTC Vive virtual reality headset. (Image courtesy HTC.)

The consumer release of HTC’s Vive headset is delayed until April 2016, HTC announced last week.

“We will be starting the new year by making an additional 7,000 units available to developers, with pre-orders from the end of February followed by commercial availability in April 2016,” the company said.

In September, HTC said it would have at least some Vive headsets available before the end of this year, with the bulk shipping in the first quarter of 2016.

I got a demo of the Vive headset in September and it blew me away. The demo was the closest I’ve come so far to stepping into a Star Trek-style Holodeck, with graphics good enough to actually feel realistic.

The HTC Vive is a tethered headset, meaning that it requires a connection to a high-end computer. It is expected to cost up to $700 when it is released.

This headset is released in cooperation with Valve and works on the Steam VR ecosystem.

The other major virtual reality ecosystems are the Oculus Rift-Samsung Gear VR platform, Google Cardboard, Sony Playstation VR, and Razer-backed OSVR.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.