During the GDC, Valve claimed that the developer version of the HTC Vive would go on sale this spring, and now some rumors point to 1200 units being available in April.
The news comes from USA Today, and all the echoes of this rumor always point to this source. It is not clear if these alleged 1200 units would be sent only to some concerted developers, universities and specialized press and then there would be a purchase option similar to the one Oculus has made with its development kits, or if these 1200 units would be all that would be available, at least in an initial print run. In any case, everything indicates that the development kit will not be able to be bought by anyone, Valve being the one who would approve or deny the requests that reach them during the next few weeks, once the option is enabled on Steam. It could therefore be a development kit intended only for developers, with no option for enthusiastic or impatient users to have something to play with until the launch of the commercial version, announced for the end of the year.