We've been fortunate to have a review unit of the mesmerizing HTC Vive in house for nearly a couple of weeks. Though the Vive's setup and use is pretty straightforward, we have a few tips to help you get the smoothest VR experience from the best VR headset.
Before setting up: Find the right room One of the biggest myths about the HTC Vive is that you need to devote a room to it permanently. Poppycock: you don't need a permanent VR room for the Vive any more than you need a permanent gaming room for your old Wii or for a workout room for exercise videos. All you need...
If you want to experience true virtual reality, with the ability to move around as you play, the HTC Vive is as good as it gets right now. Here’s everything you need to know about setting it up so you can get started playing.
The Vive takes a bit of time to set up, and there are a lot of different components. But it’s actually quite easy, as long as you follow the instructions–and do a bit of planning before you start.
What You’ll Need
Everyone’s setup will be a little different, so what you need will vary from person to person. We highly...
HTC’s PC-powered VR rig is set to get one of the plusses of cheaper mobile virtual reality systems early next year, after the company announced a wireless add-on that will let users untether the headset from the gaming PC required to power it.
So instead of worrying about getting feet tangled in the connector cable, Vive users will be able to roam around their room-sized gaming space freely, air-slashing bag guys and/or air-brushing virtual art works to feel even more immersed in a pixelated alt reality.
An HTC spokesperson has reached out to TechCrunch specifying that “any Vive hardware upgrades at arcades are related to the current business edition Vive hardware or innovations on peripherals that could create unique experiences for arcade installations.”
Though the HTC Vive has only been on sale for a few months, the company may be gearing up to show off an updated model of their Vive virtual reality headset. In a discussion regarding the company’s future virtual reality plans, Rikard Steiber, SVP of Virtual Reality at HTC, told TechCrunch that new Vive virtual...
Virtual reality headsets are finalized. If you want in on the fun, you have a tough decision to make, and it’s not just a matter of console versus computer. Both products offer a profoundly different take on the VR craze – from tracking and feature set, to distribution and game support. If you’re having trouble choosing, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve spent time with both devices, considered their specs, and hope to deliver an initial verdict on which of these VR headsets is the right one for early adopters.
So Which Experiences Are Worth Your Time?
Aside from impressive hardware, the Vive is launching with an impressive suite of complementary software. There are dozens of games available now, and we're told another 100+ should be available soon. A majority are designed to take advantage of room-scale VR, too. And so far, every title that I’ve tried is worth checking out. If it uses hand controls and exploits the physical space you make available to it, the resulting experience is unlike anything else you've tried.
HTC Vive promises the best option for virtual reality – but with a high price, power-hungry processing needs and confusing set-up needs, can it live up to its own hype?
Virtual reality is still a technology caught in that rarefied state where, outside of early adopters and format devotees, many people can't quite believe it exists. Mention you have a VR kit to anyone who's aware enough to know what it is, but not committed enough to drop a couple of grand on a bleeding edge PC and a first-gen consumer headset, and the response is likely to be a cautious, almost whispered: "Is...
Minimum system requirements for the HTC Vive have been unveiled, and they’re as demanding as you'd expect.
Much like the Oculus Rift, the Vive has similarly high expectations of your rig, although HTC requires for half the RAM as a minimum requirement.
Below are the minimum system requirements: GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better CPU: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better RAM: 4 GB or more Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer