HTC Vive Available April 2016 and Oculus Pre-Orders Get a Raincheck

Uncontrollable hype followed by mass disappointment is something that VR fans are far too familiar with. Yesterday, the two major VR companies,...
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    Uncontrollable hype followed by mass disappointment is something that VR fans are far too familiar with. Yesterday, the two major VR companies, Oculus and HTC, had some disappointing news yet again. Both companies were expected to at least have pre-orders by the end of 2015, but it appears this is not the case. HTC made an official statement on when the Vive will be available and Palmer Luckey gave Rift pre-orders a vague “raincheck”.

    Those that have been anticipating the Vive knew that something was going to happen December 8th. Many fans hoped that it would be pre-orders opening or maybe even a limited release. Come December 8th, there was a VR event for bloggers but nothing came out of it. The radio silence of the event was finally broken when HTC made an official statement announcing dates for more developer kits and consumer kits. Unfortunately, both of these won’t be seen until 2016. The company has 7,000 units ready for developers at the beginning of the new year and they will have an official commercial launch in April.

    A few hours before HTC’s statement, Palmer Luckey tweeted that Oculus pre-orders need a raincheck. This is obviously a very vague statement, but it makes it seem like we won’t be able to pre-order the Rift until 2016. Similar to the HTC announcement, this is very disappointing news to the community since many people expected pre-orders by the end of this year.

    While all of this news may be a bit disappointing, it is actually a fairly good thing for VR. The numerous delays both headsets have seen likely means that the companies want to get it right. Oculus has always had a “do it right” attitude and it would only make sense if HTC had a similar outlook. This generation of headsets is also very crucial for the success of VR as whole, so it’s important these companies give consumers a good first impression of virtual reality.

    Thanks to The Finders Cult for the topic suggestion.

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  1. 3xTiNcT
    I thought these were suppose to be out awhile ago. lol.
  2. televisedfool
    I really hope VR gets off the ground this time 'round. Really looking forward to PS VR though and see what comes of that. Ace Combat 7 should be insane with VR :eek:
    1. Stonerzard
      Imo AR has more potential and is easier to utilise. VR should be pretty cool as well but I think once VR takes off, AR will just overtake it. VR has more limited interaction compared to AR, but it could still be one of the gaming market's leading platform.
  3. TheItalianLad
    If I ever get a VR it shall be the Hololens because I reckon MS have really shown what we are capable of doing and it is probably the most advanced one out of the lot.
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    1. Monopolyman
      The HoloLens is augmented reality and the Vive/Rift are virtual reality. Both the Vive and Rift have developer kits and are amazing pieces of technology. I agree that the HoloLens is cool, but I honestly don't see any actual applications of an AR headset. To me, AR makes much more sense when it's portable.
  4. LookBroZombies_XBL
    I only remember one arcade (back in the early '90s) that had VR setup and I haven't see anything since then so I really can't wait for it to be available! I tested a HoloLens a few months ago and I loved it so much that I know I will be buying a headset* eventually, it's just a matter of which one!