Coronavirus impacts Valve Index VR production

Coronavirus impacts Valve Index VR production

The coronavirus outbreak has affected the production of Valve's Index VR.

In a statement to UploadVR, the company confirmed it does plan to have the headsets ready for purchase in time for March 23rd - the release date of Half-Life: Alyx. However, due to the impact of the virus, there will be fewer units available over the coming months.

"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," said the statement.

"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. To receive a notification as soon as the Valve Index is back in stock, please visit Steam and click notify me.”

Half-Life: Alyx was first rumoured to be in development last November, shortly after, Valve confirmed the game would appear at The Game Awards 2019. The game is a VR exclusive.

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the industry, competitive Overwatch matches were cancelled in China in January. Recently, both Sony and Facebook pulled out of GDC 2020 due to the pandemic.

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