Just moments ago, HTC and Valve finally launched pre-orders for the very first SteamVR supported virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Vive. The kit is set to begin shipping on 5th April 2016 for those that were fast enough to get an early order in. Those that haven’t yet managed to secure a unit are in for some bad news, however, as every unit in that first batch of releases has now been claimed.
Expected shipping for the kit has now been pushed from April into May. It’s taken just 18 minutes for that to happen. It’s hardly surprising that this happened so fast given that the kit’s main rival, the Oculus Rift, also managed to sell out of its initial stock of HMDs mere minutes after its own pre-order campaign launched back in January. At $799 USD, the HTC Vive does cost an extra $200 over the Oculus Rift’s $599 tag, but it does include the features needed for Room Scale VR, in which one player moves around a real world area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet and has those movements replicated within the given experience.
The HTC Vive will also include a pair of position tracked controllers, allowing players to bring their hands into VR, along with two Lighthouse base stations that enable Room Scale tracking. There are also three free piece of software including Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator, Northway Games’ Fantastic Contraption and Google’s Tilt Brush.
Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest on the HTC Vive.
UPDATE #2: This appears to have been a misunderstanding on VRFocus‘ part. The HTC Vive looks to be shipping to Australia and New Zealand a month later that other countries in May 2016. This, combined with the ‘Out of Stock’ glitches plaguing the pre-order page, caused some confusion. It’s currently not possible to tell if the device has sold out in countries in which shipping starts in April. VRFocus apologies for the error.
UPDATE: Pre-orders seem to be fluctuating between April and May across territories. Australia, for example is already pushed back to May as seen below. Others are still listed as April.