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HTC Vive headset consumer version on track for October reveal

Back in March at the annual Game Developers Conference, Valve and HTC revealed that they would be teaming up to launch ‘The Vive’ a virtual reality headset due out for the end of this year. Since then, we haven’t heard much but it looks like things are still on track.

The Vive was being demoed with new wireless controllers at Comic Con in San Diego last week and fortunately enough, TechRadar was there to ask HTC some important questions. Speaking with the site, HTC’s executive director of marketing, Jeffret Gattis, revealed that the company was aiming to show off the consumer version of its headset in October.

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“We are targeting mid-October, but have not yet finalized the event details, venue, etc. Our hardware development, for the consumer versions of both the HMD and wireless controllers, remain on schedule for the end of 2015.”

Aside from that, no specifics were given about the final hardware inside of the headset but it will end up being “more refined from a design standpoint” when we see the consumer version in a few months time. The company still stands by its 2015 release date so it will be interesting to see what Valve has planned software-wise for the launch.

KitGuru Says: Those who have tried the HTC Vive so far have reported back very positive impressions. Valve has been working on virtual reality behind closed doors for many years now, so it will be interesting to see what the company can bring to the table this year alongside HTC. Unfortunately, we don’t really have much in the form of game announcements just yet, which could be a problem as the Oculus Rift is launching with plenty of exclusive titles. 

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