Say hello to Valve’s VR headset, the HTC Vive


Valve was slated to make a major announcement at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week regarding their upcoming “Steam VR” (virtual reality) headset. Looks like that didn’t go as planned, because their partner in development couldn’t wait and decided to break the news early. HTC broke the announcement, which also answered the question of who Valve was working with to create the device. I guess I can also stop calling it a device as it does have a name, the HTC Vive.

With this headset, the Vive seems as if it’s starting off behind the Oculus Rift, Sony Morpheus and Microsoft Hololens. That’s actually not the case, as there’s a Vive Developer Edition releasing this spring and should be available to the public later on this year. There is a large amount of technology vested in the device which includes a gyrosensor, accelerometer, and a laser positioning sensor that can track head movements within 1/10th of a degree.

Specs-wise, the Developer Edition boasts double 1200 x 1080 displays running at a staggering 90 frames per second (FPS). The multiple displays is said to encompass your vision with 360-degree views. In comparison, the Oculus Rift DK2 only has one individual 1080p display and has a refresh rate up to 75 FPS. And we still don’t have a consumer release date. I can’t wait to see what Valve has in store at GDC regarding the Vive, but so far it’s looking really promising. What would you like to see released on VR headsets?

Source: HTC VR

Facebook Comments