Late last month saw Valve launch a sign-ups for the Developer Edition of the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Studios are currently able to apply for free kits by describing their projects. Valve will then be selecting successful applicants and distributing developer edition kits throughout summer 2015. Many had hoped that the first of these devices would be showcased by now but Valve itself has recently reassured that they will be shipping ‘very, very soon’.
Valve’s Joe Ludwig confirmed as much at this year’s Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) Conference and Expo. He wasn’t able to give a specific date, but did promise the first shipments in the near future. Developers will be wanting to receive their kits as soon as possible in order to be in with a chance of getting their VR titles ready for the consumer launch of the device during this holiday season.
The HTC Vive works with Valve’s SteamVR system, which consists of a pair of position-tracked controller and the Lighthouse laser-based tracking system. The latter allows users to move around an area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet and have those movements replicated in-game.
VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC Vive closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.