Tuesday , August 22 2017

HTC to expand Vive developer availability in early 2016; commercial release delayed to April

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HTC has just announced on their blog that their Vive Steam-VR-powered virtual reality system will be released commerically in April 2016. It’s a near miss on their original target (end of the year, so about now) but HTC seems to be using the extra time to beef up availability of Vive to developers.

The company is launching the second second generation of the Vive developer kit at a developer conference in Beijing on December 18, and we can expect to see it at CES 2016. 7,000 developer units will also be made available in the new year.

They’ll also be taking Vive on the road, to Sundance, SXSW, GDC and Mobile World Congress, part of their initiative to bring Vive to a broad group of content creators. Content is key to VR experiences, so it’s good that HTC is taking the time to court content creators – the Vive will need some compelling content to sell its take on VR to consumers in an increasingly-crowded yet nascent market.

Vive has piqued the world’s interest after delivering some pretty amazing experiences to journalists – including yours truly – since its announcement at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. It’s great to see them making progress towards its release, even if they’re missing their original target by a few months. Personally, I’m looking forward to the release, I still have to wonder how HTC plans to install a large empty room in all our houses.

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Will you sign up for a Vive developer kit, or put down hard-earned in April? Tell us in the comments.

 
Source: HTC Blog.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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