The VR headset co-developed by HTC and Valve, the HTC Vive, was recently delayed until later in 2016, missing its planned Q1 launch. It's not a huge delay but it was one that made some consumers a little sad. Today, a vague reason for the delay was revealed by HTC CEO Cher Wang.

She claims that both Valve and HTC made "a very, very big technological breakthrough" on the virtual reality headset. They felt that the breakthrough was so significant that they scrapped the idea to release the original version and instead push back the release slightly in order to ship with the new technology on board for everyone.

"We shouldn't make our users swap their systems later just so we could meet the December shipping date," Wang remarked. But what is this mysterious new breakthrough that pushed two major companies to delay their headset? Nobody really knows yet. The big reveal will come at CES, which kicks off early next month.

In case you haven't seen it yet, the latest developer kit reveal for the HTC Vive came out this past week. It has a slightly refined look to it compared to earlier prototypes, including a front facing camera. Perhaps they found some reliable method for hand tracking using that camera? An image of the updated look can be found at the top of the page, while an image of the controller peripherals is below.


(via Engadget)