Valve are due to show two new 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 the new games was new information on the launch for the Vive, with a surprising 2-phase rollout, with initial shipments of the HTC Vive to be very limited.
“Vive developer kits have been available for free since May,” the official press release said. “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.”
This may be true, but to date many developers have reported difficulties in getting hold of a HTC Vive for testing and integration, despite numerous requests.
In relation to the much anticipated 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.”
The release date has been subject to much speculation for some time, however now Valve has openly gone on record with the plan. No specific numbers or any information on pre-orders has been mad public at this time.