Vive Deluxe Audio Strap Pre-Orders Delayed, Order Page Going Live In June

The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is almost here, but you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer before you can place an order. Instead of opening pre-orders today, like it originally planned, HTC announced that the accessory would be available on June 6.

During its presentation at CES in January, HTC revealed its plans for the year ahead, which included releasing a slew of accessories for the Vive VR platform. Among the announced accessories were a universal tracking device called the Vive Tracker, an array of peripheral accessories to complement it, and an updated head strap.

The updated head strap is somewhat of a hybrid between the strap you’ll find on the Oculus Rift and the head mounting system Sony used on the PlayStation VR. The upgraded strap includes a pair of built-in headphones like you find on the Rift HMD; it also includes a mechanical tightening mechanism like you find on the PSVR. The strap is also made of a rigid material, so it should hold its shape well. Vive said the new strap should make it easier to put on the Vive HMD.

HTC has a history of allowing you to pre-order its VR products. Before the April 2016 launch of the Vive VR system, for example, the company allowed prospective customers to put their name down for a kit in February. And this year, it did the same thing for the Vive Tracker. In February, HTC announced that the Vive Tracker developer kits would go on sale in late March. The company started shipping Vive Tracker devices to select developers before rolling them out to the wider development community so they could get a head start on building interesting interactions, such as Cloudgate Studios’ full-body tracking system or Triangular Pixels’ pet tracking experiment. The full-scale release of the Vive Trackers started in April, and now anyone who registers a developer account can order a Vive Tracker.

The consumer release of the Vive Tracker devices should happen later this year, but in the meantime, HTC is gearing up for the launch of the Deluxe Audio Head Strap. On the same day the company revealed the Vive Tracker pre-order date, it also tweeted that pre-orders of the Deluxe Audio Head Strap would start on May 2. Curiously, the plans changed, and for some reason, Vive isn’t doing a pre-order cycle for the Deluxe Audio Head Strap anymore. (Though, perhaps that's because Microsoft jumped the gun and started offering pre-orders last week). Instead of opening pre-orders today, Vive announced that “starting June 6,” you can purchase a Vive Deluxe Audio Strap.

HTC said the Deluxe Audio Head Strap would sell for $99. You’ll be able to pick one up from or the company’s retail partners, such as the Microsoft Store and Amazon.

 Kevin Carbotte is a contributing writer for Tom's Hardware who primarily covers VR and AR hardware. He has been writing for us for more than four years. 

  • Jeff Fx
    This thing can't come soon enough. My Vive is currently held together with zip-ties, because one of the side-pieces that say "Vive" broke. There's no way I'm sending it to HTC for repair, so I'm lucky the piece is part of the new headstrap.
  • caustin582
    So glad they're coming out with this. The Vive comes with earbuds, but those are gross to share with other people. I normally use my headphones with it, but this means I have to tie up the 6' cord, making for a pretty awkward solution. I just hope the audio quality is decent enough.
  • uglyduckling81
    Just wish they would respond to my problem. I've got a green area on the lower left of my screen that's very annoying whilst playing. They never respond to my requests for warranty. I think the one year is up so they will probably respond now.