Through a post on Twitter, HTC has clarified that the company is still taking orders for the Vive virtual reality headset on its U.S. website. The clarification was issued by HTC’s senior global online communications manager, Mr. Jeff Gordon, after reports indicated that the company had suspended the process “due to extraordinary demand”. The device was reportedly listed as “Out of Stock” only on HTC’s U.S.-specific website, but sales in other markets reportedly remained unaffected. Either way, with reports of HTC running out of stock doing the rounds of the internet, the company apparently felt compelled to issue a formal statement saying that there’s no shortage of inventory for the HTC Vive at the moment, which should be good news for all those who’d want to give the gadget a go, but hasn’t quite got around to placing an order for it just as yet.
Along with the Oculus Rift and the PlayStation VR, the HTC Vive is one of the most talked-about virtual reality headsets to have been announced this year. The device was developed by the Taiwanese company in association with American video game giant, Valve Corp. Meanwhile, even if HTC was having troubles fulfilling orders for one reason or another, it wouldn’t have been alone in its predicament. Even Oculus was said to be facing supply constraints for its Rift virtual reality headset due to a component shortage that last month threatened to derail the entire order-fulfillment process at the Silicon Valley tech start-up.
Either way, Mr. Gordon has already made it clear that the company has again started taking orders for the Vive VR headset in the U.S., although, there’s no word on what instigated the temporary suspension of orders in the first place. So those interested in the HTC Vive should now be able to get their hands on the device without having to go through the hoops. What’s interesting, however, is that HTC is yet to say what caused the whole problem in the first place, as issues with severe supply constraints don’t just get resolved that quick under normal circumstances. Either way, the HTC Vive is once again up for grabs, so that’s the major takeaway from the whole scenario.