The HTC Vive opened for pre-orders back at the end of February and officially launched just last week on April 5th. The headset’s backorder date is now into June for new orders.
After the initial wave of pre-orders for the HTC Vive, which purportedly pre-sold some 15,000 headsets in the first 10 minutes, the backorder date—the expected shipping date for new orders—held steady in May. For the first time the headset’s order page is showing a June shipping date for newly placed orders.
Across all regions, the official order page says shipments of orders placed today are expected to go out “around June 2016.” The backorder date for the Oculus Rift recently shifted from July to August.
It isn’t clear whether the change in backorder date is due to increased demand, reduced production capacity, or possibly shipping-related delays. The Vive has suffered some minor setbacks on initial shipments due to payment processing issues, though the impact doesn’t seem to be as widespread or significant as the Rift delay.