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Originally posted on: www.roadtovr.com
This week Valve announced that the Index headset and other hardware can now be bought and shipped to Canada and Japan, in addition to 28 other regions.
Original Article (July 25th, 2019): Valve announced today that the Index ‘full kit’ (which includes the headset, controllers, and base station trackers) is ready for immediate shipping in the US.
At launch, the $1,000 full kit was quickly back-ordered and wasn’t estimated to ship until the end of September; the company said that “initial quantities were outpaced by demand.”
The other SKUs (the headset and controllers without base stations, and individual packages of the headset, controllers, or base stations) were also back-ordered so far that Valve eventually stopped taking orders or offering an estimated shipping date altogether and instead asked customers to reserve their spot in line to be notified of availability.
All SKUs except for the full kit and the individual base stations remain back-ordered with an option to reserve a spot for ordering, but Valve says they will soon have immediate availability of those as well.
Valve also expects that Index hardware will become readily available in international territories as well.
Currently, the headset is available in 30 countries across the US and EU (a complete list can be found here), though it isn’t clear if or when they will expand into other regions. We’ve reached out for more info.
Apparently coinciding with the increasing availability of the headset, Valve put Index front and center on the Steam storefront page for all to see, with a “Get it now” call to action and a $500 advertised price (the cost of just the headset alone).
Valve said prior to Index’s launch that the headset would see a “limited initial release” to the US and EU first and that the company would ramp up their manufacturing and expand availability based on demand; this is perhaps the first sign of that ramping process.
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