Coronavirus impacts Valve Index VR production

Ruben Fields
February 25, 2020

According to a statement given to RoadtoVR and UploadVR, Valve still plans to restock its Index VR headsets ahead of the game's release.

The virtual reality headset-exclusive Half-Life: Alyx comes out on 23rd March 2020, and while it works with any headset that supports SteamVR tracking, Valve has designed the game to make the most of Index and its controllers.

"However, Coronavirus's global health crisis has affected our production schedules, so we will have much fewer units for sale over the next few months compared to the volumes we originally planned".

Valve stated that the it is working hard to meet the demand for the headset and that it wants to "reassure everyone that Index systems will be available for purchase prior to the game's launch".

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The company reminds us that the best thing you can do now is visit the Valve Index product page at Steam, where you can request a notification of when the hardware is back in stock, and hopefully move fast enough to buy one, if it is one of those eagerly awaiting the opportunity to do so. Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak is slowing the process of obtaining new stock.

People who already own a Valve Index (they've been on sale since June 2019) are good to go, but it's disappointing that people may have an even tougher time playing the long-awaited next chapter in the Half-Life series the way they want to.

The GDC has for the past years been an important platform for Valve's Virtual Reality efforts.

That is an unlucky state of affairs for Valve, as that is in all probability their finest probability to determine the Index as a serious VR competitor. Or are you trying to get hold of one in time for Half-Life: Alyx next month? And there was another jump in demand last week, when the release date for Half-Life: Alyx was announced for March 23.

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