When HTC announced the Vive delay the bright side for developers was they would get info during CES regarding how to get a hold of the Vive Pre. CES came and went almost a month ago, and now Valve has posted that Pre headsets are shipping to devs across the world. There may not have been an agreed upon plan on how the latest shipments were gonna take place between the two partners, but either way Valve is the driving force behind this wave of dispatching.
So far, it looks like those developers that were previously registered with Valve and HTC are first on the list to receive the second gen dev kits. Many are receiving emails with activation keys and boxes with the refreshed headset, controllers, and base stations in them.
With the new features, most notably the outward facing wide angle camera, devs are challenged to create exciting new content that takes advantage of all the hardware HTC has made available. This camera will allow the possibility to incorporate real world objects within the virtual environment as well as interact with the real world without having to constantly remove the HMD.
There is still a little confusion rolling around within the dev community as to how many Pre’s each studio may be receiving, but rest assured, Valve has a plan and they are getting these babies out the door. And as developers, you’d better not waste a minute getting your content squared away for us eager consumers ready to throw down some cash on your great titles. By the way, if you’re a developer please feel free to comment below with your company and game titles so we now to check them out as soon as we’re able.
Very little is said about how to get the Vive Pre if you’re a developer and never have had a Vive headset before. Our recommendation is to check out the Vive Dev portal and the SteamVR portal and somewhere along the line you will be required to register as a developer and to receive the new Vive Pre hardware.
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