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HTC Vive now ships shortly after you order it

The VR headset leaves the warehouse within 3 days of your order.

Buying an HTC Vive has been a time-consuming process. Even after it started shipping to customers, you technically had to pre-order the virtual reality headset and twiddle your thumbs waiting for it to arrive. Mercifully, you won't need much patience after today: HTC has announced that the Vive now ships within 2-3 business days of when you order it. You'll have to live in one of 24 countries, but it's otherwise as close to instant gratification as you'll get with high-end VR.

The improved availability also comes along with more chances to try the Vive. As of June, HTC is adding many more store demos (over 100 in total). GameStop is the biggest contributor with 30 new tryout opportunities, while Microsoft won't be too far behind with 22 more places to get your VR on. Although that's still far from a huge range of stores, it might just mean the difference between trying before you buy and having to trust in HTC's vision.