HTC Vive VR is a virtual reality headset that highlights the growing fierce competition in the segment for virtual reality systems such as Oculus Rift or Sony’s Project Morpheus or the Microsoft Hololens AR headset, to a degree. A product of collaboration between smartphone maker HTC and Valve Corporation, this headset promises an awe-inspiring journey into the world of virtual reality, similar to what are seen in sci-fi movies.
Vive VR, which is falls into HTC’s “Re” range of connected devices, looks like your regular virtual reality headset with components such as two huge lenses like goggles, straps, and thick foam padding for a level of comfort and to enable features like hand tracking.
Its two displays with 1200 x 1080-pixel resolution have a refresh rate of 90 frames per second (fps) and provide 360-degree views. The headset is riddled with dozens of holes that house the numerous sensors needed to make it work.
HTC Vive VR has one headphone jack, two USB ports and one HDMI port on top of it. Among the required hardware are two Nintendo Wii-like controllers that function as your hands in virtual reality when using the device.
The HTC Vive virtual reality headset stands apart from its direct rivals such as Rift and Project Morpheus in that it allows you to move around the room while having it on, even though the prototype was attached to many cords.
This is made possible through the implementation of a grid system that makes it possible for you to be warned when you get too close to a wall. Two SteamVR base stations help to track your physical location when walking around a room with the HTC Vive on and transmit this information to the headset.
The HTC Vive VR headset was demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. The demos included visit to an underwater exploration of a sunken ship, an old-time battle scene and a virtual reality rendering of Valve’s popular Portal game series.
HTC has revealed that the Vive VR headset will be available this year, beating its earlier announced rivals, the Rift and Morpheus, to the market. HTC and Valve are currently offering developers free samples of the Vive VR headset ahead of the launch later this year.