Valve as we speak confirmed that the Coronavirus outbreak has impacted manufacturing of the Index VR headset and different hardware. Whereas the corporate tells us it nonetheless expects that new inventory can be out there forward of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx on March 23rd, there can be “far fewer models” than the corporate had anticipated.
Valve is the second main VR firm following Fb to substantiate that the Coronavirus outbreak has impacted the provision of its Index headset. Whereas demand was already excessive with the looming launch of Half-Life: Alyx, the sickness has constrained provide, the corporate informed Highway to VR in an announcement as we speak.
“With Half-Life: Alyx coming March 23rd, we’re working arduous to satisfy demand for the Valve Index and wish to reassure everybody that Index programs can be out there for buy previous to the sport’s launch,” a Valve spokesperson stated. “Nonetheless, the worldwide coronavirus well being disaster has impacted our manufacturing schedules so we may have far fewer models on the market in the course of the coming months in comparison with the volumes we initially deliberate. Our whole staff is working arduous proper now to maximise availability.”
The corporate reiterated that prospects can go to the Index web page on Steam to enroll in an e-mail notification when the headset returns to inventory.
Index has been out of inventory globally for weeks now, however the firm hasn’t stated till now that the Coronavirus was anticipated to constrict provide.
The Coronavirus, a novel respiratory virus, started in China with the primary reported case on December 31st, 2019; well being organizations have since designated the pressure as ‘COVID-19’ for specificity. The virus has seen greater than 75,000 confirmed circumstances and a couple of,100 deaths, in accordance with the most recent info from the World Well being Group. Whereas COVID-19 has unfold to 27 different nations to this point, 99% of circumstances have been confined to China which is a key manufacturing hub for VR headsets and associated hardware.
Fb and Sony as we speak introduced they gained’t be attending the annual GDC convention in San Francisco subsequent month over Coronavirus issues. GDC has traditionally been a key occasion for Valve’s VR efforts as effectively; the corporate hasn’t but stated something about its GDC attendance being impacted by the virus.