HTC claims it will get a 'limited' number of Vive VR headsets on sale this year

Rumours of delays have not been exaggerated whatsoever
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HTC has rebuffed claims that its Vive VR headset is delayed and has revealed that a 'limited number' will be available before the end of the year.

If there was thing more surprising than HTC's announcement that it was handling the tech behind Steam VR back at MWC in February, it was its promise of beating Oculus to market by getting the headset to market before the end of 2015.

However, recent reports have revealed that HTC might miss its promised delivery date.

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In a move to quash rumours of a delay, HTC has given a statement to Engadget that it will indeed get some headsets to market this year:

"We'll have a limited number of units by the end of the year, with more to come in Q1 2016," read the statement.

The question is, of course, how many?

As the Vive looks to be the first complete VR system to hit the shelves, anyone would bet on a SteamVR headset being a runaway Christmas hit. However, it already seems that headsets could be hard to come by for VR hungry shoppers, which could be a huge opportunity missed.

There could be good news for UK Vive fans, however. The headset is getting its first public demo at the EGX Show at Birmingham's NEC 24-27 September, and anyone attending the show will be able to get eyes on.


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