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HTC Vive Delayed Because Development Team Made a “Very, Very Big Technological Breakthrough”

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Software and hardware can get delayed from manufacturer issues, quality assurance, and more – however it’s definitely interesting to see a manufacturer delay their hardware due to recent discoveries within their field.

This happened with HTC and Valve, regarding their HTC Vive head-mounted virtual reality system. We learned (via Engagdet) that the HTC Vive will be delayed past its Q1 2016 release.

At the Vive Unbound developers forum in Beijing, HTC co-founder, chairperson, and CEO Cher Wang teased that two weeks ago both her team and Valve made “a very, very big technological breakthrough” with their virtual reality headset.

Apparently, this breakthrough is so large they’re skipping the original consumer model and moving right towards producing and shipping the new model, complete with whatever this new breakthrough is.

“We shouldn’t make our users swap their systems later just so we could meet the December shipping date,” said Wang.

It’s worth mentioning that whatever this new model is sporting, we’ll see it revealed at the yearly CES next month.

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32 comments
  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    December 19, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Valve time as they say…

  2. Valchior
    Valchior
    December 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    HYPE.

  3. Muscle Wizard
    Muscle Wizard
    December 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    It now comes with an onahole, right?
    For the quality FUTURE experience

  4. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    December 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    “..be delayed passed its Q1…” I believe you meant past?

  5. Offendatron_5000
    Offendatron_5000
    December 19, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    HTC and Valve finally discovered the number 3 together? Hell, even Capcom found that back in the late 90s.

  6. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    December 19, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Ah, right – sorry, a bit frazzled today.

  7. CommanderZx2
    CommanderZx2
    December 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    If only Apple could learn from that, although they likely hold back features so that they could release a slightly better version a few months later.

  8. orbo
    orbo
    December 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I see they’re keeping up the tradition of valve time.

  9. Steven T.
    Steven T.
    December 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Last time there was a technological breakthrough, it had “Forever” stuck to its name.

  10. Domhnall
    Domhnall
    December 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Call me a cynic, but I think that if they ACTUALLY had some technological breakthrough that significantly made the experience either better or more affordable, they would have announced it upfront to drive up hype.

  11. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    December 19, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    well they do have competition, so its covenient for them to keep this kind of stuff a secret

  12. Spunky McGoo
    Spunky McGoo
    December 19, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    You don’t reveal your secrets to your competitors, that would be completely idiotic.

  13. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    What makes me think it’s gonna be something that involves thought advertisments or will lead up to it?

  14. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 19, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Don’t wanna hype the party too early or it might die down before they can get it to the market.

  15. Casey
    Casey
    December 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Maybe it’ll be something that will allow it to be used in a regular persons room rather than the huge rooms they use for demos.

  16. OSad
    OSad
    December 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    They figured out how to ship Half-Life 3 with it.

    Or maybe the VR headset has turned into a full-on virtual-space headset that projects your full body onto a digital plane. It uses very painful needles ala that one spiderman movie, but you pay for what you’ve asked for.

  17. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    December 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    It connects directly to your brain.

    It also makes ice cream now.

  18. Jack
    Jack
    December 19, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    it now directly uploads memes into your blood

  19. random
    random
    December 19, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Yeah because competitors could totally match whatever they’ve done with nothing but the idea.

  20. scemar
    scemar
    December 20, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Yeah.
    But this is a VR thing as well.
    The tech seem so new and with such a big amount of potential progress to be made that every time they announce a device date for potential release they end delaying it because of “one more breakthrough guys! this time it is big!”.

    And they aren’t lying either.
    They do manage to improve them a lot, and in a short time VR has been in the works the specs have gone up a few times.

    But they’ve got to release a tangible product for consumers soon, or the hype train will leave them.

  21. João Carlos Honório Pedro
    João Carlos Honório Pedro
    December 20, 2015 at 12:31 am

    You’d be surprised at what someone can come up with with just being pointed in a direction, tech-wise.

  22. daggot △
    daggot △
    December 20, 2015 at 12:49 am

    With all thise hype they make it sound like it’ll directly connect with your brain or something.

  23. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    December 20, 2015 at 3:39 am

    I don’t care about VR but the HTC Vive seems to be the best VR platform at the moment.

  24. Nagato
    Nagato
    December 20, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Makes sense now that Summer Lesson is coming to it.

  25. Carl_Ed
    Carl_Ed
    December 20, 2015 at 5:38 am

    The tech isn’t really new, though. Sega, Nintendo and Spectrum Holobyte all had working (of a sort) VR systems in the early 90s.

    It’s just that no one has done anything with the tech for 20 years, so there’s 20 years worth of technological advancement they have to incorporate in the space of a few years worth of development time.

  26. Twelfth Chromatic
    Twelfth Chromatic
    December 20, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Wow, awesome stuff. I’m keen to see what Valve and HTC has in store for us.

  27. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    December 20, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I am memes.

  28. Christan
    Christan
    December 20, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Got rid of the cables? That would be a major improvement.

  29. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    December 20, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    No one wants to actually release because someone else will release a definitively better version a year later.

  30. scemar
    scemar
    December 21, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Oh baby inject those VR waifus right into my blood stream.

  31. GrimFate
    GrimFate
    January 12, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    And now that we know it’s a camera, I am rather disappointed myself. But maybe in practice it’s better than it sounds…