The Vive, Valve and HTC’s VR headset collaboration, will be out in April 2016. Like, for consumers to actually buy.


Here’s the statement from HTC’s blog, since the site is having trouble staying up:

In an effort to clear up speculation and misinformation surrounding the launch of HTC Vive this month we are excited to give the community an update on the status of HTC Vive. We remain committed to delivering the HTC Vive to a broader group of content creators and partners, and remain focused on delivering the very best experience possible for a consumer release.

Since announcing the HTC Vive in March of this year we have focused on developing immersive content, refining both hardware design and user experience, and building relationships with new partners both inside and outside of the gaming industry. In collaboration with Valve, we have been distributing the HTC Vive Developer Kits to developers and content creators, and are continuing to work with many other innovative companies to create content that spans gaming, entertainment, medical, education and retail. This includes hosting a developer conference in Beijing on December 18th, launching the second generation of the HTC Vive Developer Kit at CES and engaging audiences at key events including The Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, GDC and MWC while expanding our demo tours.

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.

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Dinky Earnshaw

So is there like a standard VR development kit for all of these headsets? I ask because I don’t want to be stuck with a headset that developers aren’t supporting.

I’m wondering if the Sony VR device can be modified to be used on PCs, since I don’t want to have to purchase separate headsets. I love my Track IR 5 a lot and it’s changed the way I play some games and hopefully VR will take it to the next level.