Valve and HTC have now confirmed the basic information regarding the release of the HTC Vive. The game is set to come out “early April” and will also come with two games, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives and Fantastic Contraption.
The VR system from HTC, will cost $799 (£650), which is a fair amount more than the Oculus Rift, which is set to be $599. Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO at HTC said via a blogpost:
“With the Vive consumer edition we are now able to realize our ultimate vision; bringing Vive into homes around the globe so that people can experience immersive virtual reality in a way that fires the imagination and truly changes the world.”
The HTC Vive package will include the headset, two wireless controllers, two motion trackers and the two games. HTC have recently updated and improved the headstrap and phone functionality, which originally had some concerns. The phone service will allow users to take calls and text messages. This is a nice idea, meaning you won’t need to remove the headset if you need to interact with others.
HTC have also stated that they are currently working with developers and creating content from areas within entertainment, education, design, healthcare, retail and other interesting industries.
Similar to the Oculus Rift, this headset will need a pretty powerful PC to run it well. Valve and HTC have yet to announce exactly what specs you will need from your PC, but it is important to factor this in if considering purchasing the VR system.
HTC Vive will start shipping from early April 2016 and preorders will be available from February 29, 10 a.m. EST. HTC Vive will be powered by Steam VR and was developed in partnership with Valve.