HTC Vive breaks cover - a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve

HTC Vive breaks cover - a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve
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.

The wearable will land on the shelves before year's end. 



1. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It'll be ready before the start of 2016... wait a minute! I just remembered! Wasn't the Oculus Rift promised to make it to the market before 2015? What happened with that!?!? Oh yeah, the Facebook acquisition. Well, it's nice to see some competition in the VR field. I would like a quality option for VR that's in a respectable price range. And it would seem that now we are going to have options.

2. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Well. It is Valve.. But Valve with the Steam Machines recently shown that they can also fail... To be honest, as a gamer myself since 98, I find it really weird all this crazyness for VR. I've tried it and playing it for more than 1 hour for sure it will have some side effect. And until we have some good AAA game developers + decent mobile developers working on titles EXCLUSIVE for this, it won't really make me buy it. Plus, who is NOT making VR these days?

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh man, I forgot about the Steam Machine! lol, I would have gotten one or dual booted it on my PC if I were still into gaming. Oh well. Yeah, I would like some quality AAA titles to experience with VR, but for me, I'm looking forward to an affordable theater quality movie watching experience. I have never tried VR unfortunately so I'm not sure if my expectations can be met, but I am hopeful.

5. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Last time we were just toying with the idea, but this time it's serious.

4. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

This requires a PC or Steam machine to run, so it's not wireless like Gear VR and inside out positional tracking will come to Gear VR/Note 5 aswell. But since Valve is involved it's still intriguing, HL3 confirmed? :)

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Don't judge me, I have yet to play a Half Life game. But I LOVE Portal and Portal 2!

7. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Portal 3 confirmed? And don't judge me, as i haven't played a Portal game yet ;)

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn, you're missing out. Not only great gameplay with very clever puzzles, it'll have you laughing from start to finish.

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