Valve Index to Ship in as Little as 2 weeks in Most Countries
Like with other virtual reality headsets, demand for the Valve Index headsets has outstripped the supply due to the Coronavirus pandemic which has had an impact on the production schedules for the headsets.
Although the Valve Index headsets are still backordered by as long as 8 weeks, the queues have reduced considerably in most countries and are now as short as two weeks compared to early in the year. However, the waiting times are still trailing in North America although there have been some slight improvements in the package shipping times.
The stock availability for the Valve Index packages across all the 31 regions of the world where the headsets are sold shows that the backorder queues have dropped to just two weeks or less in October. In the US and Canada, the backorder queues were still showing more than eight weeks for most of the packages as of last month. The latest backorder queues for the US and Canada now show some slight improvements in the availability.
The ‘Full Kit’ Index package availability status has now changed from “8 weeks or more” to 5 to 7 weeks. However, the backorder queues of the other packages in the regions have remained unchanged and stand at more than 8 weeks for packages containing the VR headset. It is two weeks or less for the controllers and the Base Stations are now completely out of stock.
In Japan, there have also been some improvements in the availability of the Valve Index. The Full Kit and the Controller kits are now available but the shipping update is still not apparent.
Although many packages are still listed as shipping at “8+ weeks”, there have been some improvements in the shipping times over the past two months, a great relief for buyers for a headset which had massive backorder queues for much of 2020.
The Valve Index headset has had significant challenges for much of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. While there has been a rise in a VR demand due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown measures, there have been shortages in the supply due to the disruptions in the production schedules as a result of the pandemic.
In most regions, the Valve Index has been backordered by as many as eight weeks as the limited amount of stock available at the beginning of the year was quickly gobbled up following the release of the Half-Life: Alyx in late March this year.
In spite of the backorders, interested buyers can still express their interest with any of the available packages. To reserve your spot in the backorder queue, visit the Index Store page and click on the order button. Valve will then send out email notifications on the stock availability and give the customer a small window within which to pull the trigger.
The production disruptions affected not only the Index headset but also Oculus Quest and Rift S. However, following the release of Quest 2 headset, Oculus has largely kept up with the demand.