Turns out the rumored picture that spread around the internet last week of Valve’s VR headset is actually a Gear VR like headset from HTC called the Vive.
Today, HTC announced their latest HTC ONE M9 Android phone and more importantly for VR fans a new VR headset called the Vive in partnership with Valve. The Vive will be powered by Steam VR and includes 360 degree head-tracking, 1200x1080 resolution per eye and 90 Hz refresh rate. The headset includes its own headphone jack so you can attach your favorite headphones as well as a custom designed game controller. The controller position is also tracked in space allowing the software to know exactly where you are.
Unlike the Oculus Rift devices. The Vive is intended to let you get up and walk around inside the virtual world. The Vive achieves this via a couple of Steam VR Base stations which allow to get up and walk around a 15 feet by 15 feet space. What happens if you go outside this space is unknown however.
The HTC Vive web site they describe the tracking as:
A gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position sensor combine to precisely track the rotation of your head on both axes to an accuracy of 1/10th of a degree, allowing you to look around the virtual environment naturally. Couple the headset with a pair of Steam VR base stations to track your physical location (in spaces up to 15 feet by 15 feet) – get up and walk around inside the virtual world!
HTC CEO Peter Chou during the Vive release event announced in addition to Valve, HTC is working with HBO, Lionsgate Entertainment, Google and Taiwan’s National Palace Museum.
Peter Chou said a consumer version of the Vive will be coming before the end of this year, with a Developer edition landing this spring.
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