After making new Index inventory accessible as we speak after greater than a month of the being offered out, most areas noticed the headset and different rapidly backordered by eight weeks or extra.
Replace #three (March ninth, 2020): Shortly after new Index inventory grew to become accessible as we speak, the headset and accompanying rapidly grew to become backordered in most areas. Many packages are estimated to ship in eight weeks or extra, although some say “eight to 10 weeks” and others “four to six weeks.”
Orders can nonetheless be positioned to permit clients to get into the queue, although transport and billing data received’t be gathered till the order is able to ship; Valve advises purchases might be crammed within the order obtained.
Valve confirmed final month that, along with excessive demand for the headset forward of Half-Life: Alyx, the provision of Index was constrained by the Coronavirus outbreak as a result of interference with manufacturing operations.
Replace #2 (March ninth, 2020): Valve has confirmed the return of Index inventory on Monday, March ninth. Right here’s the total textual content given to Highway to VR.
“Valve Index VR kits might be accessible for buy this Monday (March ninth) beginning at 10 AM PDT (5 PM UTC).
Attributable to excessive demand, we count on accessible inventory to promote out on Monday. All purchases past this preliminary amount might be fulfilled within the order by which they’re obtained, as provides improve over the approaching months.”
Replace #1 (March 4th, 2020): The Valve Index order web page now exhibits ‘Coming Quickly’ as a substitute of ”Notify Me’, additional lending credence to the rumor.
Unique Article (March 4th, 2020): Within the video (linked beneath), VNN’s Tyler McVicker claims to have seen the contents of a leaked Valve press electronic mail which maintains Index inventory will return on Monday, March ninth at 10 AM PT (native time right here).
The alleged electronic mail says that Valve expects inventory to promote out instantly on Monday. If the e-mail could be believed, this can very seemingly be the case, because the enthusiast-level headset has been offered out globally since January as a result of excessive demand.
We’ve reached out the Valve to confirm the authenticity of the e-mail, and have but to listen to again. We’ll replace when/if we hear extra (see replace).
Lending credence to the declare, Valve informed Highway to VR in a press release final month that the corporate would certainly be made accessible earlier than the launch of Half-Life: Alyx.
Right here’s the assertion Valve gave us final month:
“With Half-Life: Alyx coming March 23rd, we’re working laborious to fulfill demand for the Valve Index and wish to reassure everybody that Index techniques might be accessible for buy previous to the sport’s launch,” a Valve spokesperson mentioned. “Nevertheless, the worldwide coronavirus well being disaster has impacted our manufacturing schedules so we could have far fewer models on the market through the coming months in comparison with the volumes we initially deliberate. Our total group is working laborious proper now to maximise availability.”
Offered the leak is genuine, this can be the final huge probability to get a number of the solely assured inventory of Index earlier than the launch of Half-Life: Alyx on March 23rd. The buy of Index consists of the sport without spending a dime, a potent incentive if there ever was one.
McVicker has additionally been the conduit for a number of different leaks, together with the very leak that principally outlined the complete HL:A mission. As with all rumors, we’re remaining skeptical till confirmed in any other case.
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