Unveiling Vive Virtual Reality System, HTC has also made it available for pre-order. In partnership with Valve, HTC Vive VR was announced at Mobile World Congress and also gets the price for that Virtual Reality headset.
To be clear and fair, the internet encompasses the very sonsumers who stand to make VR a big success or failure by means, speaking with their wallets. For $799, HTC Vive could stand still and compete with other victims in this arena. Like how Oculus fell into the same reaction when it announced its costlier $599 Rift VR headset. Now gamers in parcticular zone seem hopeful that Sony’s PlayStation VR will outpost everyone else and drive awareness of the VR platform.
The new comer from the Taiwan-based manufacturer, the HTC Vive includes two impression-bolstering wireless motion controllers with haptic feedback, and of course comes bundled with a pair of games (Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives and Fantastic Contraption), and a largely regarded as the superior VR experience.
The first and truely dazzling 4K monitors you remember, the Asus PQ321, which retailed for a wallet-destroying $2999? Later in the world of 4K mass adoption comes from South Korean Electronics, the 28″ Samsung 4K monitor for $320. While Sony initially launched the PlayStation 3 at $599, which went on sale about 86 million units worldwide. So the HTC Vive is no different at this price point, though. This is completely normal and expected as a new, cutting-edge technology.
The HTC Vive is a bit different from an Xbox controller, you simply get two 360-degree motion controllers, and in lieu of a single sensor, you will have two laser boxes to track your movement from all mutiple angles.
Although, Valve, AMD, Nvidia, Epic , HTC, Samsung — are going to benefit most when the technology finally hits mass appeal, offering unique experiences for each one. Comparing Vive to Oculus is a little like comparing the old Nintendo Wii to an Xbox or PlayStation. Thanks to the front-facing camera on Vive, you can also see the outside world if you really want to, and play games or apps can be written to augment the real world. What’s interesting is that Vive will run off Valve’s successful Steam platform.
The company has teamed up with video game developer Valve for the Vive VR headset which pretty much uses the powerful Steam VR technology. It has a Vive Link Box, and a pair of Vive ear buds. It comes with room scale movement sensors, and an HMD featuring a built in camera. HTC is said to be working with VR app developers to foster the creation of content that spans multiple sectors includes Entertainment, Retail, Education, Healthcare, design and Automotive.
Required Hardware Specifications To Use HTC Vive Via PC:
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
- CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
- RAM: 4 GB or more
- Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
- USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
- Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10
The HTC Vive will be integrated by Vive Phone Services, to let users connected to the real world without exiting the virtual reality world. Services allow wearers to receive and respond to both the incoming and missed calls, get text messages and send quick replies and know what’s upcoming in calendar invites directly through the headset.
In The Box:
- 1 Vive HMD headset: Upgraded with a better head strap, shinier finish, and 2 face masks for a better fit. Like the Vive Pre, it has a front-facing camera. Long cables are also included, which are needed since you walk around in VR on the Vive.
- 2 360-degree tracking controllers: With Micro USB charging cables
- 2 laser, wireless base stations: You don’t have to mount them on your wall (as we previously thought), and they come with optional super long wired cables, if you want them. HTC also says it has upgraded the motors and durability of these stations. They each come with an AC adapter.
- Vive Link Box: The middle man between your computer and your Vive.
- 1 set of earbuds: The headset has a mic and the earbuds will give you some basic audio support to help you get immersed.
- 2 games: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption will come bundled.
- Any other cord or cable you need.
Pre-orders for Vive VR headset can be done on HTCVive.com. Starting on Leap Day, February 29, the HTC Vive will launch in 24 countries: the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. It will set you back about $800 (689 UK), which is a couple hundred more than the $600 Oculus Rift.
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