There are plenty of exciting elements surrounding the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Announced earlier this week in partnership with Valve, this is one of the first VR kits to be given a true consumer release window, with the companies targeting a developer kit in spring 2015 ahead of a full Holiday 2015 launch. However a recent listing on the front page for Steam, Valve’s digital PC videogame store, may have revealed an even more specific timeframe for the HTC Vive’s launch.
As spotted by reddit user SeniorBaker in the image below, Vale notes that a ‘new family of products’ is due to arrive in November 2015. Picture above the text are three devices including the Steam Controller, the Steam Link streaming device and, intriguingly, the HTC Vive. It’s important to note that both of the other devices have dedicated pages that confirm the November 2015 date while the Vive itself has no such page at this point in time. It’s inclusion in the picture may just be for the sake of generlisation, then.
The HTC Vive works with Valve’s Steam VR system. This includes a pair of base stations that, once set within a room, are able to track user’s movements in an area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet, alerting them to when they approach walls in real life. The system is complemented by two controllers that allow players to interact with a virtual environment. Valve has confirmed that the Vive isn’t the only HMD that will be incorporating Steam VR, although it is the only one that’s ready to be announced at this point in time.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Vive and Valve’s work in VR closely, reporting back with any further updates.