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Preordered Half-Life: Alyx? Good Luck Owning a Valve Index at Launch

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:37 PM
Thomas Bardwell
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:37 PM
  • Valve warns of a limited supply of Valve Index VR headsets in the coming months.
  • The coronavirus outbreak has affected production schedules of the headset.
  • Many would-be Half-Life: Alyx players are likely to miss out at launch.

Valve has announced that it is the latest gaming company to fall foul of the coronavirus epidemic.

Production of the company’s Valve Index VR headset and controllers is hitting roadblocks due to the outbreak. Valve expects to ship fewer units than expected in the lead up to the release of VR title, Half-Life: Alyx.

Source: Valve

Valve Index Supply In Jeopardy

In a statement shared with VR-focused media outlet, UploadVR, Valve said ;

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. 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.

The Valve Index was already in short supply before today’s news, having sold out almost entirely across the globe in early January . Valve promised more units before the launch of Half-Life: Alyx.

In the wake of the coronavirus, it’s unclear how many units Valve hopes to ship before the release of Half-Life: Alyx. But, the wording of the statement suggests a large portion of would-be players will miss out initially.

Impact Across The Gaming Industry

Valve isn’t the only gaming hardware manufacturer to see its production hampered by the coronavirus. Earlier this month, Nintendo warned of delays to shipments of the Switch, Joy-Con controllers, and Ring Fit Adventure  destined for the Japanese market.

Sony opted to pull out of both PAX East conference and the Game Developers Conference over coronavirus concerns . Facebook Gaming and Oculus followed suit and won’t be attending GDC either.

With the release of the next-generation consoles looming ever closer, there’s speculation that Sony and Xbox’s launch plans may be affected. An extended interruption of the manufacturing supply chain isn’t out of the question. The coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of abating. More cases and deaths are announced daily, both in China and further afield.

Such a volatile situation may lead to a point where the two gaming giants don’t have the time to establish alternatives for complex supply chains  capable of pumping out the requisite components in time for the holiday period 2020.