Valve’s HTC Vive VR won’t hit shelves until 2016

The virtual reality revolution has been delayed.

With both PlayStation VR (formerly known as Project Morpheus) and Oculus Rift due out in the first half of 2016, Valve’s HTC-made Vive headset stood as the only of the big players scheduled for a limited release in 2015.

With just days left before 2016, however, HTC has finally admitted that roll out has indeed been delayed. A general release is now scheduled for April.

In collaboration with Valve, we have been distributing the HTC Vive Developer Kits to developers and content creators, and are continuing to work with many other innovative companies to create content that spans gaming, entertainment, medical, education and retail,” HTC said.

We will be starting the new year by making an additional 7,000 units available to developers, followed by commercial availability in April 2016. We are incredibly excited about the future and look forward to sharing more information as we move forward towards launch.”

Some lower-spec VR solutions are already available in the market, the most notable of which is Samsung’s Gear VR, which was co-developed with the Oculus team.

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