HTC & Valve’s Vive VR headset pre-orders begin Feb. 29

Pre-orders for HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset, which is being co-developed by Valve, are set to begin February 29, according to HTC’s chief executive Cher Wang.

 

HTC Vive

HTC Vive

 

Wang’s confirmation comes from statements released to The Telegraph, which detail the Chinese company’s choice to refocus on the emerging VR market and away from the smartphone production, saying the company was now “more realistic”.

“Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important,” Wang reiterated.

HTC said in December that it planned to start shipping units of the virtual reality headset in April, with online sales of the unit planned for the end of the year. HTC’s release schedule was then re-assessed later that month, citing a “very big technological breakthrough” as the reason.

HTC’s announcement comes in the wake of Oculus announcing a price for the Rift ($600+) and the alleged leaking of Sony’s PlayStation VR price ($800+) on Amazon’s Canadian website.

The Vive’s price point is still unknown, but with pre-orders opening in a just over a month conformation won’t be far away.

 

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