Valve are set to host demos of two new videogame titles for the HTC Vive at PAX Prime, Seattle, this weekend, Fantastic Contraption from Radial Games & Northway Games and Final Approach from Phaser Lock Interactive, but alongside the official press release for this showcase came new information on the launch strategy for the virtual reality (VR) device. A 2-phase rollout has been revealed, with initial shipments of the HTC Vive to be very limited.
“Vive developer kits have been available for free since May,” reads the official press release. “To date, HTC and Valve have received over 10,000 dev kit inquiries and over 80 VR titles are known to be in production for the Vive. The developer sign up page has closed but development kits continue to ship through this summer and fall.”
Moving onto the consumer release of the HTC Vive, Valve’s official statement reads: “Later this year, HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems, with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016.”
This launch strategy has been rumoured for some time, however now Valve has openly gone on record with the plan. No specific quantities of units available nor any information on pre-orders are available at this time, however VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details.