Valve’s VR manufacturing partner HTC has announced the Vive VR headset will be delayed until 2016, due to a “big technological breakthrough”.
Valve and HTC’s Vive headset was poised to be one of the earliest available VR headsets for early adopters of the technology, originally set for limited release in December 2015 and consumer release in April 2016. The headset now has an unspecified 2016 release, due to a “very, very big technological breakthrough”, according to HTC CEO Cher Wang.
At the Vive Unbound event in Beijing, Wang said that this unspecified “breakthrough” was drastic enough to change release schedules. “We shouldn’t make our users swap their systems later just so we could meet the December shipping date,” Wang told developers, as reported by Engadget.
Wang remained tight lipped about the details of the changes, but confirmed that it will be shown at CES 2016 in January.