Is HTC Vive delayed?
When the Valve-powered Vive debuted in March, HTC said it would make “the consumer edition available by the end of 2015.” A new statement from Valve raised a lot of questions about Vive's availability: “HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016.”
Gizmodo and Re/Code took that to mean “HTC’s Virtual Reality Headset Has Been Delayed”, but the statement could just be a clarification of the launch plans that were shared earlier this year. That said, as the company suffers a 15 percent headcount reduction due to poor sales of its Android phones, the Vive program could be sailing in perilous waters.
Meanwhile, Kent Bye interviewed an HTC vice president for his podcast and RoadtoVR got some details about changes coming to the Vive in the consumer hardware.
“The controllers won’t look anything like [the dev kit], the form will change,” said HTC’s Brian Lowe. “The controllers have gone through a few iterations now and it’s looking pretty cool.”
John Carmack gives rare interview
Oculus CTO John Carmack gave David Marlett a rare interview for a piece published in D Magazine. The whole article is well worth the read, but there are two Carmack quotes that stood out:
“When things don’t work, that doesn’t crush me. I don’t carry the weight of the previous failures. Many people just add more on, burdened by their previous failures, and their previous successes. But you run out of mental energy if you keep paying attention to everything you’ve done in the past...”
“...We say we’re going to accomplish a whole heck of a lot this year, and others will say there is no way we can. Well, maybe. But I know we’re going to get more done than people think is possible.”