Valve Blames Coronavirus for 'Far Fewer' Index VR Headsets

From PC Mag: Coronavirus is creating havoc throughout the tech industry. We've seen companies pull out of multiple conferences, MWC 2020 got canceled, and stock shortages are predicted in key sectors including smartphones. Now Valve is warning gamers they might not be able to get a VR headset in time for the launch of Half-Life: Alyx.

Playing Half-Life: Alyx requires a virtual reality headset. Valve is launching the game on March 23 with support for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. However, it also has its own VR headset called the Index which Valve would much rather you buy. The problem is, Coronavirus is going to make supplies very limited.

As Road to VR reports, the outbreak of Coronavirus is impacting production and supply chains, which means Valve can't produce as many Index headsets as it expected to in the run up to Alyx launching.

A spokesperson for Valve explained, "With Half-Life: Alyx coming March 23rd, we are working hard to meet demand for the Valve Index and want to reassure everyone that Index systems will be available for purchase prior to the game's launch ... However, the global coronavirus health crisis has impacted our production schedules so we will have far fewer units for sale during the coming months compared to the volumes we originally planned. Our entire team is working hard right now to maximize availability."

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