Everything You Need to Know About the HTC Vive

The speculation and hype about the release date of HTC Vive, VR Gear headset—which is also being touted as the closest rival of Oculus Rift VR, has reached the crescendo. It also put the rumor mills rolling.

The company, therefore, has made it clear that the HTC Vive launch date has been decided in April 2016. We can hope, at least, most of these rumors related to the release date of HTC Vive will now subside.

The pre-orders of the product will start from the end of the February 2016.  The official blog of HTC Vive also says: “We will be starting the new year by making an additional 7,000 units available to developers. We are incredibly excited about the future and look forward to sharing more information as we move forward towards launch.”

What Features You Can Expect in HTC Vive

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No doubt, virtual reality headsets HTC Vive, along with Sony Playstation, Samsung Gear S2, and Oculus Rift, is one of the most awaited gadgets in the world right now. The competition is certainly hot and tough, but anybody who has experienced the HTC Vive VR headset understood the power of virtual reality and they will be now be pretty convinced that—it’s certainly going to change the world of technology forever.

Though Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset took the early lead in creating the hype, HTC Vive has also raised the bar with its immersive experience quality. At least the demo version let you believe so.

Design prototype

The design is bit closer to the Oculus Rift. It comes in a mattle black plastic prototype-which also looks well. HTC Vive VR Gear headset design is certainly not in the league of its smartphones. There may be some design alterations in the coming consumer version.

The resolution of HTC Vive VR headset is better than any other available headsets, such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear S2. It has two 1080 X 1200 screens. There is no screen door effect at the first site. In fact, the total resolution is 2160 x1200 pixels.

The aspect ratios of 9:5 seems taller, but provides a more convincing and natural feel. Another thing is that HTC Vive  provides a better walking-around VR experience. It tracks your position with two base stations within 15/15 foot area.

It gives it advantage over the Oculus Rift VR which does not give much headroom for movement based VR experience.

But, cords attached to controller creates hurdle in the walking experience as there is fear of falling or tripping. There were a bundle of data cables in the demo version, but it’s expected that the upcoming version will have remove this by having a single HDMI cable.

Many experts feel that Vive is a step ahead of its rival Oculus Rift VR as it allows its users to better understand the contours of the room with the help of sensors.

Company has promised to add some more sensors that will help track additional movements which will not be found in the competitors.

The VR Gear headset has a gyrosensor, an accelerometer and a laser position sensor to track the position of your head. The headset is also lighter in weight as graphical lifting is done by PC.

Controllers

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Controllers are very important in all VR Gear headsets as they ensure your interaction with the virtual world. It has also been a  problem area with all of the VR headsets. However, the HTC Vive controller scores on this metrics.

It contains a trackpad, buttons, and a pressure sensitive grip.  The controllers contain sport touch-sensitive circles right under thumbs. They seem quite natural and responsive and  better suited for the virtual reality kind of immersive experience.

HTC Vive games and content

There are not many games at present in the demo version, but surely many more will come in future. It has partnered with Valve. In the commercial version we can  see a lot of games.

Conclusion

HTC Vive offered an excellent VR experience in the demo version and people are now eagerly waiting for the consumer version. The product of seems to be in the right direction and people are expecting even more improved  immersive experience than the demo version.

Another good thing, at least for the company perspective, is that now people has started talking about the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets in the same breath. This has started paying off to company pr machinery. As of now, HTC Vive seems to be the closest to be launched consumer VR gear headset in the market.

It’s expected to give a tough fight to Oculus Rift VR headsets which is expected to hit market at the somewhere in the middle of 2016.

It’s also to be noted that VR Gear headsets are in infancy and the technology will surely improve the VR experience in future. However, merely the glimpse of VR is so mesmerizing.

 

VIKASH KUMAR

Chief Content Strategist

An active journalist and blogger with more than a decade of experience. He has worked with various national and international publications. Sharing behind the curtain news is his passion.

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