The HTC Vive is going to ship to many of you early adopters in two weeks. Wondering what the official packaging of the consumer version Vive will look like? Bloomberg may have already had a taste of the consumer version when Dan O’Brien visited their studio on the West coast a few days ago to advertise the Vive across their wave links.
Many of us have watched developers, like Owlchemy Labs, unbox the original Vive dev kit and the Vive Pre on YouTube, but only HTC and Valve know what the consumer version will come boxed like. Packaging of these pre-released products have come less streamlined as one would expect with a consumer grade product.
Brown box packaging
As mentioned above, the Pre and OG Vive kits came in non-consumer grade packaging, which is an overly detailed way of saying they brown boxed it. These models have typically shipped in a 3 box combo; one containing the HMD, one with the controllers, and one with the lighthouses.
HTC and Valve were on a mission to get these products into developers hands so they could begin working on exciting content to be ready for the launch of the consumer model Vive. There is a motto that states, “It takes money to make money” and that’s true in this case, both companies put a lot of money up front for this project. However, there’s no need at that point in the game to spend money on fancy packaging for a developmental piece of hardware.
Consumer grade packaging
Did HTC bring a final release, ready-to-ship, product to Bloomberg’s studio? In the video below, around 1:40 the video switches to a single box with a black lid and the Vive logo/lettering on it followed by a Vive blue inner box with three divided bays and a cable or pamphlet area above the HMD. Each of the three bays is foam lined with cut-outs for the controllers and lighthouses. The HMD sits in a large rectangular opening and probably contains the majority of the cabling required to connect the headset to the link box and then your computer.
If this in fact the consumer-ready packaging then it brings our excitement level up another notch.
Pinch me, is this real life!
The Vive will ship in two weeks for those who purchased it as early as February 29th. We checked the Vive’s website for pre-orders and shipping in the US has reverted from May to April. So it appears the logistics to ship the more than 15 thousand units has been coordinated and there’s still time to order in advance and keep up with the rest of the early adopters.
While this packaging is an improvement upgrade from the previous developer kits we were hoping the box would look a little more durable and have a handle on it so we could travel to many different rooms and literally explore what “room-scale” means.
Thanks to @nathie944 for catching the packing design in Bloomberg’s video.
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