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HTC Vive’s Commercial Release Gets Delayed, But New Dev Kits Are Coming

Valve has announced that their upcoming HTC Vive headset is delayed to spring of 2016. In the meantime, HTC will be making 7,000 more developer units available, before the commercial launch in April.

“Since announcing the HTC Vive in March of this year we have focused on developing immersive content, refining both hardware design and user experience, and building relationships with new partners both inside and outside of the gaming industry,” said HTC in a blog post.

Developer kits for the HTC Vive started going out in June. The headset is being produced by HTC in partnership with Valve, the company behind digital distribution platform Steam and the Steam Machine consoles.

On December 18, HTC will be releasing Dev Kit 2 for the HTC Vive, at a developer conference in Beijing. They also said they would be hosting demos at events like the Sundance Film Festival, GDC, and SXSW.

This puts the HTC Vive on a similar track with other VR devices, which are all coming out in the first half of 2016. The HTC Vive was only revealed in March, 2015.

Simone de Rochefort is a game journalist, writer, podcast host, and video producer who does a prolific amount of Stuff. You can find her on Twitter @doomquasar, and hear her weekly on tech podcast Rocket, as well as Pixelkin’s Gaming With the Moms podcast. You can always count on Simone to make it weird.
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Simone de Rochefort is a game journalist, writer, podcast host, and video producer who does a prolific amount of Stuff. You can find her on Twitter @doomquasar, and hear her weekly on tech podcast Rocket, as well as Pixelkin's Gaming With the Moms podcast. You can always count on Simone to make it weird.

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