With just four weeks left of 2015, virtual reality (VR) fans are anxious to find out more news on the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD). The kit is still thought to be getting a limited release before the end of the year ahead of a wider launch in early 2016, but details such as dates and pricing are still yet to be revealed. Recently HTC itself has at least offered another hint towards the latter aspect, as well as reaffirming that updates on the kit will be arriving within a matter of weeks.
HTC’s Graham Breen recently said as much in an interview with RTÉ News. “We’re really close, actually,” Breen replied when asked about a potential release date for the device. “So this is a dev kit that we’re working on, but we’re going to be launching it early next year so we’re going to be making some proper announcements in the coming weeks. But we’re really close, actually, so it’s a pretty exciting time.”
When it came to pricing, Breen stressed that the kit would neither be cheap nor too expensive. “It’s not going to be super cheap because you’ve got an amazing piece of technology here,” he said, “but it’s also not going to be bank-breaking. So more to come in the coming weeks.”
The HTC Vive has been created in a partnership with Valve and its SteamVR system. As such, the kit is the first to support Room Scale user tracking, in which players can walk around an area of up to 15-feet by 15-feet and have those movements replicated within the given experience. It also consists of two position-tracked SteamVR controllers which are used to give players hand presence within a VR title. The HTC Vive is a PC-based device in line with another major VR HMD, the Oculus Rift, which is also due out early next year.
VRFocus will continue to follow all of the latest updates surrounding the HTC Vive, reporting back with any further news.