HTC today unveiled its first virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, which will take on Samsung's Gear VR and Google's Cardboard. The Taiwan-based maker has partnered with Valve, the popular video game developer and distributor, on the virtual reality headset, which pair Valve's Steam VR tracking technologies with HTC's "world-renowned design and engineering talent"
The VR headgear uses over 70 sensors and provides a full, 360-degree room tracking. You can not only look around, but walk and experience the virtual plane, as well as interact "just like you do in the real world". The Vive offers a pretty nice 90fps performance. The headgear comes with two separate VR controllers, functioning with a plethora of different "VR experiences".
The company will partner with a number of prominent game developers, like Vertigo Games, Bossa, Barry –Fireproof, Dovetail Games, Wemo Labs, Google, Steel Wool Games and Owlchemy. Other popular partners are Google, HBO, Lionsgate, and the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, all of which will provide VR content for the HTC Vive.
“Vive creates an exciting opportunity for all developers and content creators, to help us bring virtual reality into the mainstream with an end-to-end solution that completely redefines how we entertain ourselves, communicate with each other, learn and, eventually, how we become more productive,” Cher Wang added. “HTC Vive is real, it’s here and it’ll be ready to go before the start of 2016.”
The wearable will land on the shelves before year's end.