The chief executive of the mobile phone manufacturer has confirmed overnight that pre-orders for the Vive, HTC’s collaboration with Valve into the world of virtual reality, will open from the end of next month.
The date was reported by British newspaper The Telegraph, which received the information directly from HTC CEO Cher Wang in a new interview. Wang also announced that a number of PC manufacturers, including Hewlett-Packard and Asus, would be releasing laptops and computers built for virtual reality over the next few months.
The latter is crucial given how few PCs are currently compatible with the high-end requirements for VR. Some users were already planning on upgrading their hardware to accommodate for VR, but since the pre-order price for the first generation of the consumer Rift was announced many have been pushed out of VR entirely or forced to choose between a new headset or new hardware.
HTC’s Wang did not reveal any details on pricing in the interview, but she added that the company was refocusing on virtual reality instead of the smartphone market. “Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important,” Wang is quoted as saying.