HTC’s jump into the world of VR has been delayed until at least April 2016. The company posted a statement on Tuesday confirming the delay; HTC previously promised Vive, which was primed to be a huge competitor to Oculus VR, would be out before the end of the year.
It’s unclear what caused the delay, but HTC says it’s still very committed to the platform, which has been created in partnership with Valve. Going forward, HTC’s biggest focus is to deliver units to developers; the company also expressed plans to continue demoing the technology at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, GDC and even MWC, which is where we got our first look.
An additional 7,000 units are being made for developers over the coming months, followed by an eventual launch next April. That’s a long delay from its initial target release timeframe, but, then again, a 2015 release always seemed overly optimistic.
“We remain committed to delivering the HTC Vive to a broader group of content creators and partners, and remain focused on delivering the very best experience possible for a consumer release,” HTC’s statement reads.
HTC’s Vive made a splash earlier this year by demonstrating a VR system similar to that of Oculus, using cameras and sensors on the head unit to track users. Compared to something like Gear VR, Vive is incredibly immersive because it is allows wearers to move around in a given space, rather than passively looking around.
You can read HTC’s statement in full at the source link below.