Valve and HTC claims to have made a VR Technological Breakthrough
Valve and HTC claims to have made a VR Technological Breakthrough - Delaying the HTC Vive
Published: 20th December 2015 | Source: engadget |
Valve and HTC claims to have made a Major VR Technological Breakthrough - Delaying the HTC Vive
The HTC Vive has been delayed until April 2016 due to a recent "big technological breakthrough" by HTC and Vive. The companies will be skipping the Original Vive and ship the new and improved version in April, providing end users with a better experience and not punishing early adopters of VR.
We shouldn't make our users swap their systems later just so we could meet the December shipping date.
This announcement came at the same time that new images have leaked, showing what is presumably the newest iteration of the HTC Vive headset and their VR motion controllers, showing a more streamlined design for the VR headset.
Right now we do not know what HTC's "very,very big technological breakthrough" is for their VR headset, but we do know that it will be revealed at CES 2015 next month.
It seems that HTC and Valve didn't want to launch their VR platform with a unit which they already seen as obsolete, a unit which would undoubtedly be replaced by this new and improved version sooner than many users would expect. The delay in the HTC Vive's release will allow the company to launch with what they say is a superior product, which hopefully will help with the adoption of the headset and give developers a little more time to release and polish some VR ready games.
Why would I buy a handicapped product? You won't like it.
Hopefully HTC will be revealing their recent technological breakthrough sooner rather than later, but holding off the release so that their product can be improved will undoubtedly result in the HTC Vive delivering a better gaming or VR experience for users at launch.
One thing that many potential VR users have been questioning for a while now is if any VR headsets will be implementing a form of FreeSync or G-Sync, but right now Valve/HTC's technological breakthrough is unlikely to be anything to do with Variable refresh rate displays.
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