HTC may have run into some payment processing problems just before it was due to start shipping its first virtual reality headset but it has fixed that issue and is now shipping units to eager customers who are anxiously waiting for their VR headset to arrive. Once the company fills all the pre-orders and is able to bring up supply to the demand it’s going to start selling the headset through retail stores. HTC says that customers will be able to pick up the Vive headset from stores this summer.
To put its first VR headset in retail stores across the country, HTC has teamed up with Microsoft which is going to sell the headset through its own stores in the United States and Canada. HTC has inked a similar deal with Gamestop but only for the U.S.
HTC is going to set up a demonstration area in Microsoft’s flagship New York store as well as the company’s stores at Bellevue Square in Washington, City Creek Center in Utah and the Park Meadows Mall in Colorado.
Throughout the rest of this year the company is going to provide demonstration units to an additional 30 Microsoft Stores. By the end of this month, ten Gamestop locations across the country are also going to receive demo units which will then be used to show off HTC’s first headset to store visitors.
Demos begin early but sales won’t start until the summer. Customers will be able to pre-order their units from these stores and HTC is going to ship them by June this year.