HTC claims it’s fulfilling Vive orders within 72 hours

We're told that if you're willing to deal with the cost and the clutter, the HTC Vive provides the best VR experience available right now. At least, that's what we took from early reviews of the device, and now the Vive has one more advantage over its competition: you can actually buy one. HTC issued a press release today stating that the Vive is not only shipping to select retail stores, but also that online orders are shipping within 2-3 business days.

In case it wasn't obvious, this is good news for HTC. While the launch of the Vive was delayed from its original date, it has been relatively smooth compared to the launch of Oculus' Rift headset. Oculus is still working to fill pre-orders placed as early as January if the shipping megathread on /r/Oculus is anything to go by. An order placed today is not expected to ship until August.

HTC says Micro Center, Gamestop, and the Microsoft Store are the retail locations currently receiving Vive units. Throughout June, a hundred stores from those chains will be hosting demos of the Vive, as well. Retailers will be showing off both the headset itself and the room-scale experience to the general public. HTC has a list of participating stores up on the Vive website.

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    • Alexko
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve tried both the Oculus Rift DK2 and the HTC Vive, and can confirm that the Vive is both much better and delivered pretty fast.

    • A_Pickle
    • 4 years ago

    I absolutely believe this. A friend of mine pre-ordered the Oculus Rift [i<]months[/i<] ago, read about the Vive two weeks ago, decided it was a superior product and became increasingly concerned that Oculus wouldn't deliver the Rift - quote, "before the heat death of the Universe," so... on Sunday, 29 May 2016, he canceled his Rift pre-order, [i<]ordered[/i<] the Vive, and received it on Wednesday 1 June 2016. Oculus is undoubtedly watching the market it created with hype slip through its fingers because they couldn't and didn't deliver a shipping product in a timely fashion. #competeordie

      • WhatMeWorry
      • 4 years ago

      Maybe getting bought out for $2 billion makes you fat, drunk, and stupid.

      • NoOne ButMe
      • 4 years ago

      And than doubling down on it by DRM and insulting community every chance it gets

    • moose17145
    • 4 years ago

    Speaking of the Vive… is TR planning to write a review of it since it was announced that you guys had one in the labs?

    • sparkman
    • 4 years ago

    How is it that Oculus had a years-long head start, and has big-name tech heavyweights on the team like John Carmack, and yet Valve/HTC are stealing their thunder with the Vive?

    It’s not like creating a VR headset is easy. There are hard technical problems to solve. Granted Valve has plenty of expertise, too, but still.

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, feels like I was testing out the original DK1 so long ago that it’s a joke. How did they not have a product on the market two years ago at least?

      As always, Kickstarter is the common denominator when the result is “massive disappointment”.

        • travbrad
        • 4 years ago

        Star Citizen with Oculus Rift should be the ultimate disappointment then!

          • Chrispy_
          • 4 years ago

          Haha, point taken 🙂
          I
          actually enjoyed Elite: Dangerous on the DK2 but it was a gimmick that wasn’t comfortable for very long.

      • rogthewookiee
      • 4 years ago

      I’d guess this is the difference between a large hardware manufacturer like HTC and software companies like facebook/oculous?

      HTC has actually had to develop, manufacture, and distribute a physical product before.

      • wingless
      • 4 years ago

      Facebook (Oculus) = social networking/time wasting site

      HTC = Taiwanese electronic manufacturing powerhouse in the manufacturing power house of the world (Taiwan)

      I’m amazed HTC was able to ramp as fast as they have. The HTC Vive gear must be immensely difficult to manufacture with all the separate pieces needed for the kit to work. We’re getting a lot more complex hardware than a cell phone for the price of a cell phone.

      • Den1
      • 4 years ago

      I wonder if it has partly has to do with available GPUs. 2 years ago, the cheapest GPU to run VR decently would have been like $500. Before the 290x and 780ti, I’m not sure you could really test VR on a VR-ready device. CFX and SLI are far from ideal for VR, so even spending $2000 on a multiple GPUs really wouldn’t be feasible. Once you get VR-ready devices, you still have to develop and test the product. And find a market to sell it in. The 480 will probably be the first “affordable” VR-ready GPU. There’s not much point in releasing a $600+ product that can only run on $2,000 PCs and no one has had a chance to develop any games for; better to continue to fine tune so that the release doesn’t hurt people’s dreams of VR.

      • sparkman
      • 4 years ago

      FWIW, UPS tracking says my Rift will be delivered to me on Thursday…

      • Laykun
      • 4 years ago

      HTC has a considerable hardware manufacturing and logistics advantage from its experience in the phone business. Also, going by project sales numbers, there are a lot less orders for Vives than for Rifts, meaning Oculus has to supply an order of magnitude more products.

      • thesmileman
      • 4 years ago

      Actually Valve had a much longer head start. They were helping Oculus get started and they even said the DK1 was exactly the same as one of their designs.

    • Wonders
    • 4 years ago

    My Vive took 3 days to ship (I ordered a couple weeks ago). It’s completely awesome. Digging my toes into the room-scale experience is the most fun I’ve had with technology since… I dunno, overclocking Sandy Bridge?

    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 4 years ago

    I’ll wait till Black Friday.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 4 years ago

    It’s a reViveval of logistics!

    • drfish
    • 4 years ago

    When these are on Prime, one will become mine.

      • Shobai
      • 4 years ago

      Wait, I thought Haiku was the poetry of choice around here?

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