While we're sure Valve don't mind the surge in demand for Valve Index VR headsets, it seems as if they were caught off guard by the demand that followed the Half-Life: Alyx announcement. Clearly, the pricing is not an issue for fans.
A lot has been said about Valve's foray into the VR headset market, especially after GabeN and Co revealed the $999 price tag. Many thought that the saucy pricing will ultimately keep Index sales at a modest level at best, but it turns out that it didn't matter
As reported by Road to VR, Valve Index's full kit is now sold out in all the 31 regions of the world. In other words, if you wanted to get one literally anywhere - there's a mandatory waiting period before you can give it a go, regardless of which package you opt for.
Valve's customers in Japan can get just the bare Index headset, or get the package that includes the headset and controllers, but the full kit is yet to become available.
Not all is lost though, as Valve's spokesperson said, We are working hard to build more units and meet the high demand [...] We are targeting to be back in stock before Half-Life: Alyx ships."
In the meantime, GabeN and Co made it easier to order Index headsets via the website, and if you're anxious to get one - you can choose to be notified whenever it gets back in stock.
There's no doubt that Valve Index is a beast of a VR device with a price to match, but the price-centric analyses failed to anticipate that the studio will be launching Half-Life: Alyx. Seeing as how this is the closest to Half-Life 3 we've gotten thus far, it's quite understandable that the price stopped being a deterrent.