Last month Valve revealed that the development kits for the forthcoming HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) would begin shipping to studios worldwide ‘very, very soon’. It appears that meant today, as the company has officially confirmed that the development kits are now on their way to select developers.
The HTC Vive was revealed at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, back in March 2015. This was swiftly followed by a hands-on reveal at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco. At that time only a small number of developers had received early prototype kits. Beginning today, however, that number will drastically increase.
In an official statement on Valve’s Steam VR website, Chet Faliszek, Writer at Valve and known VR aficionado, states: “This first wave includes a wide range of developers from major movie studios, triple A developers, to small indie teams working on their first title. We will continue to ship to additional developers through the spring and summer.”
He continues to outline exactly what the development kit consists of: “In the box is a headset, 2 Lighthouse base stations, 2 wireless Steam VR controllers, various cables, instructions, and everything else needed to get started. This will allow developers to target the same system consumers will have in their homes later this year.”