Gabe Newell gave some perception into the rationale behind the Valve Index headset’s provide scarcity, stating that the corporate is ‘manufacturing constrained,” in keeping with an interview with 1 Information in New Zealand.
The Valve Index launched in June 2019 and has remained a troublesome headset to seek out in inventory just about ever since. Not solely is the headset solely obtainable in choose international locations, nevertheless it’s steadily gone out of inventory and when it comes again it sells out nearly instantly.
Even with the discharge of Valve’s flagship VR recreation in March final yr, Half-Life: Alyx, Valve struggled to maintain up with demand for the headset. Whereas chatting with 1 Information, Newell supplied some readability as to why.
“We even have elements which might be manufactured in Wuhan and if you’re organising your manufacturing traces it doesn’t happen to you that you simply’re all of the sudden going to be depending on this peculiar transistor that’s sitting on one board which you could’t get,” Newell mentioned.
“Everyone ended up working into the identical downside concurrently — you go from, ‘Oh, we’re in nice form,’ to, ‘What do you imply Apple or Microsoft simply purchased the following two years’ provide of this simply so they might be sure they aren’t going to expire?’ You went from a state of affairs the place the whole lot was getting achieved simply in time to folks shopping for up all of the obtainable provides.”
Newell says these constraints are additionally why the headset nonetheless doesn’t ship to some markets like New Zealand or Australia. “The one factor protecting us from transport in New Zealand at this level is simply getting sufficient of them made — we’re very a lot manufacturing constrained.”
In the identical interview, Newell additionally mentioned that making and launch of Alyx has ‘created momentum’ for extra single-player Valve video games sooner or later.
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