HTC VIVE

CES 2016: HTC Vive – Best Gaming and VR product this year

Brace yourself, for future is coming. Virtual reality has been one of major high-tech topics for years now, and we’ll soon be able to reap the rewards it bears. One could say: “Finally HTC Vive!” I, for one, am inclined to go with that statement.

HTC Vive – Virtual Reality Headset

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? HTC has officially unveiled their SteamVR hardware system in 2015. One year later, and we’re ready for production. HTC Vive is already available for pre-order, and first shipments should be carried out during early May. For $799 you’ll get not only the headset, but couple of wireless controllers, couple of base stations, earbuds, link box and other accessories. Developed together with Valve; Vive should represent a pinnacle of virtual reality revolution – at least for the time being.

htc-vive-valve-vr

Vive gear enters the fray with Oculus Rift and Playstation VR already announced. While duo of companies tend to wage the endless war in most technology categories, it seems that VR headsets won’t follow that pattern. Instead, more than couple of houses should fight for pioneering supremacy in this highly prolific field – at least initially. By looking at everything HTC and Valve have managed to showcase thus far, they might just end up with large piece of the pie themselves.

What to expect from HTC Vive

Well, Vive or any other headset gear for that matter won’t be without their flaws at the beginning. While years have been spent on virtual reality device’s development, one can’t expect new technology to be in its prime from the get-go. I’m positive that Vive will have some issues that need ironing out in the coming months or so. After all, differences between last year’s introductory units and these, pre-order units are already significant.

The most probable initial improvements

Dual controllers should be able to work up to around 4 hours without the need for a recharge. Whether that’s too little – it’s still too early to say. However, battery strength should be upgraded as time progresses. Furthermore, don’t expect next-gen graphics straight from the gates. Headsets are still work in progress and this is the field where they’ll probably improve the most initially. HTC has managed to smooth things up and we’re bound to witness additional improvements day in, day out.

Ready to start?

How to Setup and Install HTC Vive?

Follow our setup guide on how to get started with HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset.

HTC-Vive-setup-guide

Specifications HTC Vive
Resolution 2160 x 1200
Display OLED
Frequency 90 Hz
Viewing Optics 110° Field of View (nominal)
Controller SteamVR controller, any PC compatible gamepad

Everyone looking at Steam VR headset should be able to pinpoint at least a few clear disadvantages it currently has. For starters, base stations need certain distance between themselves, as well as between them and the user. This excludes certain spaces, and potential buyers should first check the minimum requirements. Speaking of requirements – very few platforms will be able to support Vive headsets initially.

Run SteamVR Performance Test

Only high-end machines are recommended, and this excludes almost all laptops. Even though only high-end desktops are recommended at this point, certain laptop manufacturers have already started addressing the issue and we should expect progress in that direction soon enough. Costs of that progress, however, will certainly be high. North of $1,000 high, it would seem.

Finally, wireless gameplay is still unavailable. HTC Vive still requires a long cord which connects it with the computer. It’s not really the subtlest of solutions, but it’s the only one that currently works. You’ll, however, still be able to see the cord, so it’s not exactly like you’ll be tripping over it in your endeavors.

Play VR Games on Steam VR

Powered by Steam HTC Vive is the best in VR content.

Conclusion

HTC and Valve should be in buoyant mood these coming weeks as Vive headset shows a lot of promise. Things certainly won’t be perfect from the get-go, but then again – they rarely are so. Like any new piece of tech, Vive headgear has a buffering period in front of it, but this doesn’t mean it’s bad in its current state. To the contrary – Vive should be able to offer sensations one hasn’t been able to experience thus far.

Whether it’s gaming or any other activity compatible with this tech, Steam VR headset will certainly be up to the task. I’m only saying that this tech still has a long way to go and that things should improve drastically as time progresses. Who knows; maybe Vive and similar headsets are the joysticks of future, and very near future at that.

HTC Vive is already available for pre-order. For $799 you'll get not only the headset, but couple of wireless controllers, couple of base stations, earbuds, link box and other accessories.

$799.99

Read More

Best HTC Vive games, apps & experiences

HTC Vive PC Requirements

Everest VR: The App that Allows you Scale the Heights of Mount Everest Virtually

HTC Vive Smartphone Leaked

HTC Vive Smartphone Leaked

There have been some bits of gossip that by the end of January 12 occasion by HTC which includes a blasting session to release a new smartphone product to the market. So I may ...

READ MORE +
0
HTC Vive Tracker can Turn Anything Into a VR Controller

HTC Vive Tracker can Turn Anything Into a VR Controller

HTC Vive tracker is a wireless product that is made purposely for attaching to anything and tracking it in the virtual world to give you an extremely incredible experience ...

READ MORE +
0
List of The Best HTC Vive Headphones

List of The Best HTC Vive Headphones

It is almost everyone’s dream to own a pair of good headphones. It gets better if these headphones are being used alongside the HTC Vive, VR headset developed by HTC and Valve ...

READ MORE +
0
Wireless HTC Vive Accessory TPCAST tested by UploadVR

Wireless HTC Vive Accessory TPCAST tested by UploadVR

TPCAST is a Chinese company which is developing an accessory for the HTC Vive. First announced in November, the accessory is an upgrade kit which allows users to use their VR ...

READ MORE +
0
Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter – Classic Sam VR Remastered

Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter – Classic Sam VR Remastered

When Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter was first publicly launched on December 20th, 2016, the gaming community welcomed the masterpiece with open arms. It had been 15 years ...

READ MORE +
0
Best HTC Vive games, apps & experiences

Best HTC Vive games, apps & experiences

HTC Vive games and apps you should try The world of VR is rapidly growing and with every single major company looking to out do each other and come up with the best virtual ...

READ MORE +
0
Portable HTC Vive – Innoactive VR Suitcase

Portable HTC Vive – Innoactive VR Suitcase

No matter how much the HTC Vive is an incredible, virtual reality headset is not very portable hence becomes a big problem in case one needs to move from one place to another. ...

READ MORE +
0
Everest VR: The App that Allows you Scale the Heights of Mount Everest Virtually

Everest VR: The App that Allows you Scale the Heights of Mount Everest Virtually

At over 29000 feet, Mount Everest boasts of being the world's highest mountain. Only 4000 people have scaled the mountain but thanks to the ingenuity of Solfars Everest VR, you ...

READ MORE +
0
The Lab: Why Its Currently a Top Rated Game on Steam

The Lab: Why Its Currently a Top Rated Game on Steam

Amongst over 9,000 games currently available on Steam, the Lab heads the list of top rated games. So far it has gathered a whopping 99% positive review from users on Steam. Its ...

READ MORE +
0
How to Sharpen Your HTC Vive – Supersampling Tweak

How to Sharpen Your HTC Vive – Supersampling Tweak

Do you want to substantially enhance the quality of an image while it is immersed in the HTC Vive? Then here are details of a brand new tweak, which lets you engage supersampling ...

READ MORE +
0
VR headsets 3D