01 Mar 15
HTC Vive | Valve and HTC VR Headset Arriving This Year
The Steam VR is no more, say hello to the HTC Vive. Valve announced that they’re partnering with tech company HTC to create the HTC Vive, Valve’s very own SteamVR headset. We all knew that Valve was working on something, what we didn’t know was that consumers would be able to get their hands on it this year.
The HTC Vive contains two 1200 x 1080 displays that can run video up to 90 frames per second. Compare that to the Oculus Rift DK2’s single 1200 x 1080 display at 75 FPS or the Gear VR’s single 2560 x 1440 display at 60 FPS, compared to everything else out on the market, the HTC Vive far surpasses its competition. While there are no confirmed final specs for the consumer Oculus Rift there is also no release date, the HTC Vive boldly states development kits will be available this spring and a consumer model will be available this winter.
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The device will come with a “base” that will allow the Vive to track your movement. Unlike the Oculus Rift that uses a camera, it seems that the HTC Vive works opposite, containing tiny camera within itself to track the user. This allows the HTC Vive to be more than just a “sit down” VR experience, though the unit is still tethered to the computer, the base allows movement supporting a room as large as 15 by 15 feet. Along with the base, the Vive will also have some sort of wireless VR Controllers. Not much has been revealed about them other than their will come in a pair. With Valve behind this project and a release date in sight the HTC Vive is looking to be a great contender in this VR war.