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Valve on HTC Vive: ‘all efforts are being geared to commercial release’

With under two months left of 2015, time is running out for HTC and Valve and their supposed limited launch of the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The companies have suggested over the past few months that a small number of units will become commercially available towards the end of the year before a wider roll out in Q1 2016. Some fans are concerned that this limited launch may not happen at all with so little time left, but Valve has recently assured that ‘all efforts’ are currently being focused on a commercial release.

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The company’s Jeremy Selan recently said as much during his ‘Keeping an open mind in VR’ talk at the 2015 VR Intelligence Conference and Expo (VRX) over in San Francisco, California. When asked about a possible date for the consumer rollout of the HTC Vive, Selan simply replied: “I’m not the person to ask. I know that all efforts now are being geared to commercial release.” VRFocus recently spoke to HTC itself about this potential limited launch, though the company also wasn’t willing to give a date.

Not only are fans waiting to hear a release date for the HTC Vive but also a price point and specifications for a PC capable of running the device too. The device works with Valve’s SteamVR system, which offers Room Scale user tracking. This uses a laser-based peripheral known as Lighthouse to follow players around an area of up to 15-feet by 15-feet and have those movements replicated within the given experience. It also features two position-tracked controllers to replicate hand movements within a title.

VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC Vive closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.

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  1. I don’t see how the HTC Vive headset can be coming out in the next month and a half for very many consumers when the VR-capable PCs one would need also are not readily available at reasonable prices either.

  2. @Bob821: What you said makes no sense. First off, they are calling it a limited release, so it’s not expected to be available to “very many consumers”. And while the prices may not seem reasonable, the PCs are certainly available. Since when are companies not allowed to release products that require expensive high-end gaming machines? This initial release is for enthusiasts who can afford and likely already have those PCs. There are certainly plenty of gamers who put lots of money into those machines. People will drop thousands on a 4k television and there isn’t even anything to watch on them. You can do a hell of a lot more with a high-end PC.

  3. Hi,
    I received my development kit over-nighted from Washington state on Tuesday.

    I have not opened the shipping box yet but plan on doing it tomorrow. I did notice

    the shipping box was huge compared to Oculus Rift Dk2’s and Gear Vr’s shipments I

    had received in the past year and also quite heavy. If you have any questions on what I find in

    the box let me know I will try to give you all the details that you want.

    Mike
    Development Manager at vrv.com.au

    1. Hi Mike!

      If you mean the HTC Vive kit there’s been so many unboxing videos and things like that we’ve really seen it all by now. We very much appreciate the offer though.

  4. My 7 year-old gaming PC does just fine at WQHD resolution for most games, and it’s not really even a high-end build. Both the Rift and Vive use a lower resolution, so the notion that these will require some sort of high-end gaming rig is absurd. Anyone whose machine isn’t quite up to snuff can just tweak the graphics settings to make it work.

    The Galaxy S6 does a fine job of driving VR games for the most part, and while it definitely has room for improvement, your average gaming PC is a lot more powerful than a Galaxy S6.

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