HTC Vive available in April 2016

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HTC has announced that its high-end HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) for VR will be available for sale in April 2016.

The first part of the announcement reads: “In an effort to clear up speculation and misinformation surrounding the launch of HTC Vive this month we are excited to give the community an update on the status of HTC Vive. We remain committed to delivering the HTC Vive to a broader group of content creators and partners, and remain focused on delivering the very best experience possible for a consumer release.”

Since the Vive is the only HMD that features room scale tracking up to 15 feet, consumers have been eager to get their hands on the headset for what will be a uniquely immersive experience.

HTC will host a developer conference in Beijing from 17 to 20 December, and the second generation of the HTC Vive Developer Kit will be launched at CES in January. The Vive Developer Kits are hugely popular with developers of games, as HTC’s partner Valve is one of the world’s biggest gaming companies, with thousands of games on offer through its Steam platform.

“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.”