Valve could have “far fewer” models of the Index VR hardware to promote throughout the coming months because of the influence of the Coronavirus.
In an announcement launched to UploadVR, Valve confirmed it’s working to fulfill demand for the high-end Valve Index VR headset and they’re reassuring potential consumers that the system can be accessible to buy once more previous to the March launch of Half-Life: Alyx. The corporate says to obtain a notification when the hardware is on the market once more click on “Notify Me” on its Steam web page.
The Valve Index hardware features a high-end PC VR headset and controllers which strap to the fingers. They’ve been in excessive demand because the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx in November, and unavailable to buy in latest weeks. Alyx was made alongside the Index controllers and followers are extremely anticipating its launch on March 23 as the primary new sport within the groundbreaking Half-Life franchise in additional than a decade. Half-Life: Alyx ought to work with all PC VR headsets with tracked controllers, together with Oculus Quest by way of the Oculus Hyperlink, however some elective interactions are solely potential with the Index controllers.
Right here’s the complete assertion from Valve:
With Half-Life: Alyx coming March 23rd, we’re working arduous to fulfill demand for the Valve Index and need to reassure everybody that Index techniques can be accessible for buy previous to the sport’s launch. Nevertheless, the worldwide Coronavirus well being disaster has impacted our manufacturing schedules so we could have far fewer models on the market throughout the coming months in comparison with the volumes we initially deliberate. Our whole group is working arduous proper now to maximise availability. To obtain a notification as quickly because the Valve Index is again in inventory, please go to Steam and click on “Notify Me.”
Broader Coronavirus Influence
Sony and Oculus will now not seem on the Sport Builders Convention in San Francisco in March because of issues associated to the virus. The Cellular World Congress occasion in Barcelona, meant to be held subsequent week, was utterly cancelled for related causes.
Fb additionally stated manufacturing of its Oculus Quest headset was more likely to be impacted by the virus because the headset grew to become unavailable to buy in latest weeks.