An interview with Polish site TVN24Bis.pl may have just revealed the release date for the HTC Vive in three territories, US, UK and Germany. In an interview with the site, HTC with Bartosz Zik, Product Commercialisation Manager at HTC, it’s mentioned that HTC expect to “Premiere” the SteamVR headset on December 8th.
Update: We reached out to HTC and their response states “I would not consider this information confirmed or from HTC official channels.”
Update 2: The same HTC employee in another interview can be seen below – again stating the 8th of December for an HTC launch. Make of this what you will.
The HTC Vive headset was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in March this year, before going to dominate at the adjacent GDC conference a few days later. It’s since become an eagerly awaited entry to the new wave of consumer VR hardware, due for release in the next 6 months.
This new interview suggests that either an announcement of a release date or that HTC Vive units may be available to buy on December 8th this year in the US, UK and Germany. This limited availability does chime with an earlier confirmation from HTC that initial shipments of the Lighthouse tracked virtual reality system may initially be limited in scope and number, with a full push coming early in 2016.
We’re working to try and corroborate this information right now and will report back with out findings as soon as we learn anything.
Thanks to Twitter user t_dowgielewiczs for the heads up.