HTC Vive: everything you need to know
As the VR war starts to heat up, we’re already seeing a few key players enter the market. In the “mobile” VR corner we have Google Cardboard and the Samsung Gear VR. In the more “hardcore” VR arena the big players are the Sony Playstation VR, the Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive. In this feature, we’ll highlight all the key things we know about the HTC Vive. What is the HTC Vive?  The Vive is a VR headset developed by HTC and Valve and it was unveil...
HTC Vive Overview
HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation, released on 5 April 2016. This headset is designed to utilize "room scale" technology to turn a room into 3D space via sensors, with the virtual world allowing the user to navigate naturally, with the ability to walk around and use motion tracked handheld controllers to vividly manipulate objects, interact with precision, communicate and experience immersive environments. Unveiled during HTC's Mobil...
HTC Is Launching a Virtual Reality App Store With $1 Content
HTC’s app store for its Vive virtual reality headset expands globally Friday after launching solely in China earlier this year. It’s called Viveport, and HTC says that for the next 48 hours (from 12:00 a.m. PT September 30), it’s marking “several marquee titles” down to a buck a piece. That includes stuff like Mars Odyssey, a normally $8 NASA Lander and Rover infused romp across the red planet, as well as Firebird – La Peri, an othe...
VR model of Auschwitz helps convict Nazi war criminal
German police have used VR forensics tech to prosecute a Nazi war criminal who worked at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The team from the Bavarian state crime office (LKA), led by investigator Ralf Breker, created highly detailed digital models of the facility using maps from a Warsaw surveyor's office and over a thousand period photos. Using an HTC Vive headset, they were then able to see exactly what the accused would have seen at the time. "The m...
HTC Vive and HP Envy PC are a match made in virtual reality heaven
The HTC Vive is an incredible virtual reality headset, offering an "experience that's out of this world", as we put it in our review. But to get Vive in your home you need both space and a capable gaming PC. HTC does provide a list of minimum specs for you to go out shopping with, but if you want to be able to just buy a PC, knowing it will support VR gaming, then HP has you covered. The two companies have teamed up to offer a bundle that includes a Vive headset and...
Lose Weight With This HTC Vive Workout
Here's something you might not have thought about when it comes to playing room scale VR games. You can actually use games to get some exercise and have fun at the same time. Although we own an Oculus Rift, we use the HTC Vive here for our VR performance reviews because of the fact that it does room scale VR. That’s when Donahey decided to challenge himself and kickoff a 50-day VR fitness challenge. The goal — lose 2 pounds a week, from a starting weight...
Chernobyl VR Project comes to HTC Vive and updated on Oculus Rift
Polish developer The Farm 51 have announced that their unique documentary virtual experience,Chernobyl VR Project, is now available on Steam for the HTC Vive and has also been updated for the Oculus Rift version which was first released in July. Chernobyl VR Project takes players on a virtual tour to the exclusion zone that is the Chernobyl and Pripyat areas and allows the player to explore the environment and how it looks 30 years after the worst nuclear ...
HOW VR HEADSETS ACTUALLY WORK-Part 2
Chaperone System Along with the Vive's "Lighthouse" IR tracking system, the headset features a forward-facing camera that it uses with a "Chaperone" system to help detect when you're leaving the boundaries of your play space. That way, if you're about to walk into a wall or furniture, the Vive can subtly give you visual cues to let you know you've reached the edge of the playable space.   Controllers Both the Rift and the Vive have wireless...
HOW VR HEADSETS ACTUALLY WORK-Part 1
Virtual reality might seem like black magic, but the truth is each headset is a carefully engineered product, blending cutting edge tech with more than a few clever tricks designed to make you forget about everything except for what's on the screen. We're breaking down how these headsets work and taking a look at the individual components that make virtual reality such a convincing experience. Lens The lens is one of the most crucial elements of what makes virtual reality so con...
VR suitcase has HTC Vive, decked out PC - costs $10,000
VR gaming PCs are going to come in all shapes and sizes eventually, but a Munich-based company is already stepping up, showing off a VR suitcase which packs an HTC Vive headset, and a gaming PC to run it.   The suitcase has everything you'll need for an unpack-and-deploy VR gaming experience, including a gaming laptop and batteries, getting the VR set up in less than five minutes. The Innoactive VR suircase packs a VR-ready notebook powered by NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1...
HTC Vive has almost double the Oculus Rift’s steam users
2016 has been quite a year for virtual reality, with the Oculus Rift’s release on March 28th, the HTC Vive’s release on April 5th, and Playstation VR releasing on October 13th. People were quite interested in knowing their global sales, especially when considering the fact that they can cost up to $800, and while sales figures have been relatively sparse up until now. Thanks to Steam surveys we now know which VR headset is the most used on that platform, and surprisingly enough th...
‘Grav|Lab’ Lets you Build Incredible Machines with Oculus Touch and HTC Vive
Grav|Lab is a physics-centric puzzler which has you devising ever more elaborate ways to guide balls from one point to another. A simple premise, but one that lools instantly appealing. One of the HTC Vive’s most effective showcases early on was the wonderful room-scale application of the classic flash game Fantastic Contraption. It provided the perfect demonstration of how powerful freedom of movement and motion controllers can be in VR and that tactile gameplay execu...
The Golf Club VR is coming to HTC Vive
While most VR games so far are approximations, experiments, or riffs on traditional games, The Golf Club VR could be the first true killer app. Plant your feet, shoulder-width apart, and bend your knees a little. An imaginary transverse line across the tips of your toes should be pointing towards the target. Now, address the ball with the club, keeping the face square and pointing towards the target. With your weight evenly distributed and a comfortable grip on the club, commence your...
HTC’s 42% revenue increase boosted by HTC Vive & HTC 10 sales
HTC’s 2016 September financial results showed a 42% increase in revenue compared to August and a 31% year-on-year rise to a 15-month high of $297 million. Even though HTC didn’t disclose sale figures, HTC Vive and HTC 10 shipments are probably behind the strong month. The Taiwanese company made $417 million in revenue last month. Strong HTC Vive and HTC 10 sales have given HTC the highest revenue since November 2015. Specific sale figures will...
HTC Android Wear “Halfbeak” smartwatch poses for the camera
You may criticize HTC for a lot of things, but one thing you can’t fault it is for being stubborn and never giving up. Sometimes, that works to its favor, like the HTC Vive and, still to be proven, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Yet another example might soon be in the smartwatch category. Yes, HTC’s much delayed smartwatch is apparently closer to launch than we think. And unlike the growing number of dissidents, HTC’s “Halfbeak” smartwatch will still b...
HTC Vive has almost double the Oculus Rift’s steam users
2016 has been quite a year for virtual reality, with the Oculus Rift’s release on March 28th, the HTC Vive’s release on April 5th, and Playstation VR releasing on October 13th. People were quite interested in knowing their global sales, especially when considering the fact that they can cost up to $800, and while sales figures have been relatively sparse up until now. Thanks to Steam surveys we now know which VR headset is the most used on that platform, and surprisingly enough th...
Legally Blind Man Uses HTC Vive to See Clearly for the First Time
A legally blind man has been able to see again through the power of virtual reality. Jamie Soar suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary condition that has left him extremely near-sighted with double vision. But the design of the HTC Vive, which places two small screens close to the user’s eyes, was enough to mean that for a few minutes in a London computer store, Soar was able to see for the first time. He’s now got a message for the world. “Try VR,” So...
Hands-on: ‘Rick and Morty Simulator’ on HTC Vive
I recently got the chance to go hands-on with Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-alityon the HTC Vive from Adult Swim and Owlchemy Labs. The first thing I noticed about the game is that seeing 2D characters in 3D is weird. If you’ve ever played one of the Simpsons console games you’ll know exactly what I mean. But that weirdness took a back seat as soon as virtual Rick opened his mouth and I heard that iconic alcoholic voice. Without spoiling too much, the game is full...
MSI’s VR backpack was built for the HTC Vive
The whole VR backpack bit made the shift from one-off oddity to small scale (if still decidedly odd) movement a few months back, as a handful of notables piled onto the heap.HP and MSI were the first big names in the door and Alienware followed suit (or backpack, rather) a few months later as it showed of its own take on the burgeoning movement at E3 – in prototype form, at least. At the time of its own announce, MSI, offering was little more than a low-res concept sho...
​HTC Vive VR headset now available on Amazon
Amazon's millions of online shoppers now can buy the HTC Vive virtual reality headset along with their Kindle e-books and instant-gratification Ziploc bags. The Taiwanese manufacturer announced the sales expansion to Amazon in the US on Thursday. That opens up a new and important option for buying its $800 headset, along with smaller retailers like Microsoft stores and GameStop in the real world and Micro Center and Newegg online. With virtual reality, you wear a head...
Half-Life VR might be in the works for HTC Vive
A few bits of code for "HLVR" were recently found in a new DOTA 2 update, and this could be Valve's way in communicating with its community without making any sort of official announcements. "HLVR" code has been found many times in the Destinations Steam VR app, and its believed the HLVR code is linked to Valve's experimental in-house VR prototype made of Half-Life assets that was used to test out the Source Engine's limits in VR. "We've said, '...
HTC Vive could go cordless with a wireless prototype in the works
For seated VR titles it's a minor frustration, with a potential cable tangle the only real irritation. For room scale VR, as offered by HTC Vive though, it's a real impediment - one that shatters immersion in the worlds you're exploring. This problem could soon have a solution, however, as Bulgaria-based Quark VR is partnering with Valve, which co-developed the Vive, to create a wireless option. A prototype version is expected to be shown this year...
Lifeliqe Launches its First Virtual Reality Experience as the HTC Vive Strategic Partner for Education
Lifeliqe, a visual learning platform incorporating virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and interactive 3D content, and the HTC Vive Strategic Partner for Education, is today launching its first VR experience named Lifeliqe VR Museum. The free version will be available exclusively on Viveport, HTC Vive’s content platform, with the premium version coming soon. HTC Vive is the third platform Lifeliqe is launching on after iOS and Windows 10. VR experience offers a completely di...
HTC Vive Optical Adjustments And Glasses Compatibility
Adjustability also determines HMD comfort. There are three settings that are important for the optimal VR experience: focus, interpupillary distance (IPD), and lens-to-eye distance. The last one is especially important for people who wear glasses because there needs to be enough room between yours eyes and the lenses to accommodate them. None of the three HMDs has focus control because their optics are focused at infinity, so there is no need to adjust it. Despite that, there is a sweet sp...
New HTC Vive Version May Be Coming This Year, Report Suggests
The SteamVR powered HTC Vive virtual reality system may see an updated “HTC Vive 2.0″ before the end of the year according to a report citing suppliers to the Taipei based firm. The HTC Vive, powered with technology developed by gaming giant Valve, had an impressively short gestation period. Although we can’t be sure precisely when Valve began working in earnest on its own competitor to the Oculus Rift, the Vive’s release to consumers just over 12 months after its f...
HTC Vive Accessory Store Now Stocks Things You Actually Need
Want to know how much a replacement HTC Vive Base Station or SteamVR controller would set you back should the worst happen? HTC’s Vive accessory store has been updated to include these items, along with some eye opening prices. The HTC Vive accessory store launched a few weeks ago, and stocked a selection limited to peripherals and consumables (namely ear buds, facial interfaces etc.). But now, for those of you particularly accident prone, or simply willingly reckless with their...
HTC Announces Vive ‘Business Edition’ for $1200
HTC today announced a new edition of the Vive headset targeted specifically at businesses looking to get into room-scale experiences. Called simply ‘Vive Business Edition’ (Vive BE), HTC says that the new enterprise-focused presentation of the headset will include “additional services adapted for business and commercial environments.” Vive BE isn’t a new physical styling of the headset, but rather an additional service delivered alongside t...
HTC Vive VR Games Roundup
HTC Vive Roundup When I found out Bit-Tech had an HTC Vive sat in the testing area, there was only one way it was going to end. Team Bit-Tech spent the better part of a day setting up an HTC Vive test-area in the bowels of the office capable of letting my 6'7" bulk bounce around in room-scale, and I came in to play some games. There are, literally, hundreds of HTC Vive games out there, so this isn't an exhaustive list, but I played a stack of Vive games, and here are some ...
Next HTC Vive could ditch some wires
Since its launch, some have voiced their desire for a HTC Vive headset with fewer wires. Valve has listened to these concerns and linked up with Quark VR to make this a reality. Quark VR is working with Valve to create a HTC Vive headset that features wireless connectivity. This would allow users to stream data to the headset rather than being tethered to their PC. The transmitter is placed into the user’s pocket and connects to the headset’s existing wires. This then tr...
HTC VIVE(TM) Partners with Udacity to Deliver World's First VR Content Development Nanodegree Program via Online Education Platform
Aiming to broaden the base of VR Creators thereby driving more compelling VR content to market BEIJING, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today HTC Vive announced its partnership with online education leader Udacity to train and certify a new generation of virtual reality content creators, marking the first certified online training program in the industry. As the VR industry expands exponentially in the coming years, one of the scarcest resources will be trained professionals with ...
​HTC Vive VR headset now available on Amazon
Amazon's millions of online shoppers now can buy the HTC Vive virtual reality headset along with theirKindle e-books and instant-gratification Ziploc bags. The Taiwanese manufacturer announced the sales expansion to Amazon in the US on Thursday. That opens up a new and important option for buying its $800 headset, along with smaller retailers like Microsoft stores and GameStop in the real world and Micro Center and Newegg online. With virtual reality, you we...
Some monster has made a minigun out of a HTC Vive controller and a drill...
Serious Sam has always been a series that happily thumbs its nose at the more serious sensibilities of the first-person shooter genre. While Half-Life and BioShock were crafting increasingly realistic stories around their shooting mechanics, Serious Sam was more concerned with making its guns bigger, and its enemies increasingly ridiculous. But no accessory more fully displays the Serious Sam philosophy than its latest abomination, a minigun designed to work with Serious Sam VR on the&n...
HTC Vive crowned gadget of the year at prestigious industry awards dubbed the 'Oscars of tech'
Tech experts at T3 magazine have crowned the HTC Vive as 2016's best gadget at their annual awards ceremony this evening. The virtual reality headset picked up the award for Gadget of the Year, in association with EE, at the glittery bash in central London. "VR has truly impacted in a big way, the connected home is becoming ever more commonplace, and the incredible strides technology is making have enabled 100 per cent battery-powered cars," commented T3's ed...
New Thinner, Lighter HTC Vive 3-in-1 Cable Spotted in the Wild
An HTC Vive customer has posted images of a replacement headset cable which looks to significantly reduce the size and weight of the original.   One of the aspects most mentioned in the first rush of reviews to appear after the Vive’s launch in April, next to the headset’s front-loaded weight, was the chunky 3 in 1 cable that fed from the system’s link box to the headset itself. A seemingly trifling matter you might think, but with the Vive built for room-scale, t...
How to Sharpen Your HTC Vive’s Visuals with Supersampling
Want to substantially improve image quality whilst immersed in your HTC Vive? Here’s details of a new tweak that allows you to engage supersampling in SteamVR and compatible games with the resulting differences impressive – as long as your system can handle it.   Recently we published a report explaining how to use the Oculus SDK debug tool to increase rendering ‘pixel density’ in many games running through Oculus Home and just how much the process...
HTC Vive and SteamVR Hands-on – A Stage of Constant Presence
Since the Oculus Rift Kickstarter back in 2012, virtual reality headsets have been making tremendous progress. Multiple companies are developing headsets capable of giving users an immersive view into another world. With those headsets, developers have created some incredible games and applications, but the vast majority of them use entirely unrealistic means of interaction and locomotion—or eschew it entirely. As soon as you have to use your head to ‘select’ an object fo...
Closeup with the HTC Vive Developer Edition Headset for SteamVR
The first Vive Developer Edition headsets and controllers for SteamVR are arriving and Owlchemy Labs have been kind enough to provide us with high resolution shots of the system, including the new wireless Lighthouse tracked controllers.   The road to consumer virtual reality just took another turn as Valve hits a major milestone for its Steam VR platform. As promised back in March, developers lucky (or worthy) enough to be selected to receive a Developer Edition system can rejoice...
‘GTFO’ Gameplay Reveals VR Fun with Physics and the HTC Vive
I’m a big fan of games which just allow you to enjoy the mechanics of a game space. Give me a virtual room, objects and some well implemented physics and I’ll get lost in my own sandboxed world, as if a 5 year old again. GTFO (Gravitational Testing Facility & Observations) for the HTC Vive looks to be shaping up to be one of those games.   The aim of the demo seems to simply be ‘guide the spheres from entry to exit point’ – but to do...
The Seated VR Experience & Desktop Theater
So, there still remains a misconception in the wider media that the HTC Vive requires a large room to work, or that all experiences developed for it need the player to stand or walk. However, the Vive, ably assisted by Lighthouse, seems to be just as adept at dealing with head tracking as part of a seated experience. Rather than dismantling my room-scale setup and transfer to a desktop configuration however, I decided to simply sit in the middle of my room-scale playspace and see...
The ‘Ultimate’ Intuitiveness Test
As someone who’s been using and writing about VR for years now, I’m pretty familiar with VR’s drawbacks, tropes and mechanics, so it’s very difficult for me to gauge how successfully an experience might translate to those who have either yet to try any VR at all or have had minimal experience with it. So the question was: How do I prove or disprove how intuitive the HTC Vive experience is? The answer was to ask my six year old son to try a VR experience, giving litt...
A Question of Content
There’s a reason why both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have felt more and more like traditional games console launches as their launch days have loomed. Both Oculus and Valve realise that, no matter how many whizz-bang technical demo’s they throw at their respective headsets, even the enthusiast/early adopter crowd who are hoovering up the first waves of headsets won’t be satisfied. Oculus have said right from their initial Kickstarter that VR without content guarantees fail...
Sound
Audio matters in VR, and it matters a lot. A sound mix in VR isn’t just about enhancing atmosphere, it’s often crucial in directing a player’s attention to things that may be behind them and the more time I spend in VR, the more I realise you cannot have a complete VR experience without a good audio mix. The HTC Vive doesn’t include integrated audio and, to be frank, this is one of its biggest failings when compared with the recently launched consumer edition of...
The SteamVR Controllers
The Lighthouse tracking system is a versatile system which allows any peripheral integrated with photo sensitive diodes to be brought into the virtual plane, tracked with 6 degrees of freedom with pinpoint accuracy. The key to unlocking the HTC Vive’s full room-scale potential lies within the bundled SteamVR controllers, a pair of oversized that you dual wield for the majority of SteamVR content. The controllers themselves are quite large, especially in comparison to Oculus&rsquo...
Lens Quality and Artifacts
  Another similarity between the consumer Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are their choice of lenses. Both use Fresnel lenses which, unlike the Oculus Rift DK2’s Aspheric lenses, are more compact, being formed from concentric ridges. Fresnel lenses are lightweight as well as compact, but they bring with them artifacts that you may be unused to seeing if you’re coming straight from the DK1 or DK2. Those ridges are visible, and if you choose to seek them out and focus on...
Display Quality, Artifacts and Specs
Those who have been following the gestation periods for both VR headsets will know that, outside of tracking and motion control, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are stable mates when it comes to display and optics, at least on the surface. Both sport dual OLED displays with a resolution of 1080 x 1200 for each eye, for a combined resolution of 2160 x 1200. Both displays run at 90Hz and together deliver the image in stereoscopic 3D. The Vive’s display, as the Oculus Rift, uses a Pen...
Headset Features and Ergonomics
The Vive sits in the middle when it comes to size and weight (563g), while the Rift is the smallest and lightest (470g) of the three, and PlayStation VR sits at the opposite end of this spectrum (610g). When it comes to ergonomics and comfort, though, size and weight aren’t the only factors that determine how a headset fares because out of the three, the Vive is the least comfortable. Which is not to say it’s uncomfortable, because we’ve used the Vive for extended ...
Living with Room-scale
Living with Room-scale So, here’s the rub. I can wax enthusiastic until the cows come home about how the HTC Vive, powered by SteamVR, offers some of the most dazzling glimpses at VR’s future I’ve ever seen. I could go on about how it holds the ability to deliver a sort of ‘alpha release Holodeck’, and the technology it brings to your home is impressive in its elegance and execution. But none of that matters a jot if you don’t have the space to enjoy it ...
The Front Facing Camera
A hardware feature that was long rumoured (you could even see the spot reserved for it on the original Vive developer kits) finally appeared at CES in January along with the unveiling of pre-release Vive hardware, known as the ‘Pre’ appropriately enough. When we got our hands on the system it quickly transpired that this was yet another feature, designed to aid and assist with the confidence to use room-scale VR. Working hand-in-hand with the Chaperone system, the camera can be...
Chaperone, Your VR Comfort Blanket
Real life is VR’s biggest inhibitor, and when it intrudes, that fragile sense of Presence (a term used to describe a state of psychological immersion) can be broken. Asking someone to blind themselves to the world by putting on a VR headset is bad enough, but when you then ask them to walk around using only the virtual world as guidance, that’s pushing trust further than we’re used to. Valve is well aware of this, so in order to bring their vision of free-roaming vir...
An Introduction to Lighthouse Tracking
Arguably the key differentiator for SteamVR as a platform and the HTC Vive as a product is its Lighthouse tracking system. It’s a highly scalable (in theory) laser-based technology that uses base stations placed around your chosen room. Valve Programmer Joe Ludwig described it thus: “The way this works is: 60 times a second it flashes a globalstrobe of light followed by one of the laser sweeps, and then it flashes again and follows the other laser sweep. Between the flash and a...
Setting up the HTC Vive
Despite the piles of equipment that greets you after unboxing your new HTC Vive, the myriad cables and boxes are actually logical enough to string together. What’s more, you probably already have the software (SteamVR) already installed. Here’s a rundown of the steps I followed. Step 1 For data, the Vive system requires just a single USB 2.0 port to attach from your PC to the Vive breakout box. For video, a single HDMI or mini-Displayport interconnect with the breakout is re...
Unboxing the Vive
This is the scene you’ll encounter just after you’ve unboxed: the Vive unwrapped and laid out, ready for assembly and set up. It’s a fairly daunting pile of hardware I’m sure you’ll agree. Here’s a full breakdown of what you get in the box (head here for a full collection of our Vive unboxing shots). 1 x Vive Headset (with pre-attached but detachable cables: HDMI, 12c Power, USB 1 x Breakout box with inputs for: [12v DC In, Mini Displayport, HDMI an...
Room-scale VR is Incredible, but is it Practical?
I’ve spent a few days at home with the HTC Vive and SteamVR and yet, I’ve experienced moments in the virtual worlds the system is capable of creating the likes of which I’ve never seen before. There’s something intangibly special about moving around VR with your whole body in tow, engaging your physical self in virtual worlds seems to unlock new opportunities for achieving presence that felt out of reach with a just a seated experience. Titles like Valve&rs...
HTC Vive Now Available from Amazon in the US
Amazon have announced they’ve started selling the SteamVR powered HTC Vive VR system in their US online store.   Consumer virtual reality systems like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are still just months old and already it feels like they’re making inroads to being accepted as every day products. And today, one of the biggest retail outlets online, Amazon.com, has announced they’ve started selling the HTC Vive in their US store.   “VIVE offers c...
the best HTC Vive games to get started
if you're the lucky owner of a new HTC Vive the big question that comes up is how do you get started what's the best game to play and to get that experience that you want. If you do have a 5 chances are not particularly hurting for cash so in a sense you could probably buy all the best games but it's still nice to know where to start and her the easy no-brainer start would be there of course could valves the lab. That game is simply outstanding and is a great way to get introduced...
Best HTC Vive VR games for a VR workout
believe it or not you can actually get a good workout on the HTC Vive. The keep is a voice course consistency as is the case for all exercises, and that's one area where divide has a big advantage over other methods of exercise. That's because there's a large amount of variety you can get versus hitting the gym everyday which tends to get monotonous rather quickly. The best game overall would probably be either the shooter Survival game called raw data or space pirate trainer...
MSI’s VR backpack was built for the HTC Vive
The whole VR backpack bit made the shift from one-off oddity to small scale (if still decidedly odd) movement a few months back, as a handful of notables piled onto the heap.HP and MSI were the first big names in the door and Alienware followed suit (or backpack, rather) a few months later as it showed of its own take on the burgeoning movement at E3 – in prototype form, at least. At the time of its own announce, MSI, offering was little more than a low-res concept...
Explained: How does VR actually work?
ow does VR work? How does wearable tech make you think you're standing on Mars when you're actually about to bump into the kitchen counter? We'll be explaining how virtual reality headsets work here. Let's start with some basics. The headset set-up is being used by Oculus, Sony, HTC, Samsung and Google and usually requires three things. A PC, console or smartphone to run the app or game, a headset which secures a display in front of your eyes (which could be th...
HTC Vive's mixed reality finally makes VR a spectator sport
For VR enthusiasts there's something of a mantra. You'll hear it shared over drinks, murmured with a knowing glance or, occasionally, repeatedly patiently six or seven times to your parents: "Everyone loves VR, as soon as they get a chance to try it out." The problem, sadly, is that watching someone else in VR just doesn't do it justice. If there's no screen to mirror what they're looking at, you're just sat watching somebody wave their arms around. Even i...
HTC adds Viveport to VR experience
Starting up the HTC Vive usually takes you to the SteamVR storefront and library where you can find everything you need. While Vive Home is an option, it's quickly forgotten since you can find the same experience through Steam. That's about to change with the eventual rollout of Viveport. If it sounds confusing opening two Vive VR portals, it looks like Viveport promises to separate itself from Steam's offering which is geared more towards gamers. Both an update to...
The best HTC Vive games you need to play
The HTC Vive is finally alive and in out the wild for all the world to use. But what exactly can you try right now? Well, Valve has a pretty extensive library of games for the Vive, and while not all of them are entirely complete – some are episodic while others are demo length – you'll still have plenty to play with on your brand new headset. Oculus has more thorough experiences that extend beyond games, but Vive has the advantage of Room Scale VR, which lets ...
HTC Vive: Games and content
Vive has been steadily growing its games library since launch. HTC already has a huge advantage over other companies making VR headsets in its partnership with Valve – there's a massive amount of Steam games that already have the necessary code to work with the Oculus Rift, and Valve is releasing an open source API (application programming interface) so that developers can make their products (not just games) compatible with SteamVR. Despite Valve's big library, though, most ...
HTC Vive: Controllers
Interacting with virtual space is a problem that hasn't quite been solved yet, although Sony's ready-made Eye and Move controllers are a natural fit. The controllers supplied with the Vive have them beat, though. Another contender? Xbox One VR headset  They're basically a vertically bisected version of the Steam Controller, with a trackpad, buttons and a pressure-sensitive grip in each hand. It's responsive and natural, and the perfect way to interact with a vi...
HTC Vive: Hardware
The headset contains a gyrosensor, an accelerometer and a laser position sensor, which work together to track the position of your head. Unlike the Gear VR and, to a lesser extent, Sony's Project Morpheus, here your PC will do the graphical heavy lifting. The advantage of this approach is that the headset can be light and comfortable, and PC upgrades can keep it up to date. Minimum system requirements match up closely to those for Oculus Rift. Valve and HTC also published their own lis...
HTC Vive: Motion tracking
While the clarity of the Vive's screens is impressive, it's the motion tracking which is likely to make this the must-have VR headset of this year. It comes with two wireless infrared Lighthouse cameras, which are placed in the corners of a room, and follow the headset's 37 sensors (70 in total, including each controller). The result is that you're able to move freely within your living room with the headset on and it'll track your every move, and this in turn helps mak...
HTC Vive: Hardware specs
The HTC Vive includes a display featuring two 1080 x 1200 screens, one for each eye, and the pixel density is said to eliminate the screen door effect unless you really look for it. This gives the Vive a total resolution of 2160 x 1200 pixels, and an aspect ratio of 9:5 as opposed to other headsets' more standard 16:9. The result is a taller image, but one which feels more natural and convincing – you can look up with your eyeballs rather than by craning your neck. The screens...
HTC Vive: Design and features
There's not too much change between the newest consumer Vive and the Pre in terms of specs and design. The updated design for the consumer release is much smaller and more comfortable to wear, with swappable foam inserts and what it's calling a nose 'gasket', as well as adjustable straps to get the fit right. And yes, you can use it with glasses. Some new features and refinements have been added, such as a better headstrap and updated motors, which HTC says should make t...
HTC Vive: Release Date and Price
The consumer version of HTC Vive was released in April 2016. We originally guessed the Vive would be pricier than the Oculus Rift, and boy were we right. The Oculus Rift consumer edition costs $500 with the final cost at $599 after shipping, while the Vive surpasses it with the final cost sitting at £689. However, you do get more hardware for your money. The HTC Vive bundle comes with two controllers, the Lighthouse base stations, some ear buds plus copies of the games Job Si...
About HTC
HTC brings brilliance to life through leading innovation in smart mobile device and experience design. Beginning with a vision to put a personal computer in the palm of our customers’ hands, we have led the way in the evolution from palm PC to smartphone. The Pursuit of Brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile experiences for consumers around the world. At HTC, the Pursuit of Brilliance is the impulse to create, to ventur...
HTC Vive- Hardware Specifications
Features Powered by SteamVR, including SteamVR Tracking 1.0 technology and Chaperone guidance system. Two wireless motion-tracked controllers, two wirelessly synced base stations, and a headset with front-facing camera, built-in mic, 3.5 mm headphone jack and USB 2.0 port. Usage Room-scale, standing or seated, supporting movement within a diagonal area up to 5 m (for example 3.5 m x 3.5 m.) Controllers Built-in, rechar...
HTC Vive- About the Hardware
Vive is the first-of-its kind virtual reality system developed in partnership by HTC and Valve. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR, Vive combines state-of-the-art technologies into a complete system that includes video, audio and precise motion tracking.  Breathtaking visual experiences are provided by a headset that features a 110° field of view and 32 sensors for precise tracking for total immersion. The 2160 x 1200 resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate deliver detailed g...
List of HTC Vive games
This is a list of games designed for the HTC Vive platform. Title Developer Publisher Release date   3DMark Futuremark Futuremark     8i - Make VR Human 8i 8i Apr 18, 2016   4089: Ghost Within Phr00ts Software Phr00ts Software Jan 9, 2015   5089 The Action RPG Phr00ts Software Phr00ts Software April 5, 2016 &nbs...
Adoption and Technical Specifications
Adoption An unmounted development unit. Valve places a strong emphasis on the independent developer as well as user developed content. It can be seen with Valve's Steam Workshop platform, a feature of Steam (Valve's gaming ecosystem featuring hundreds of millions of active signed up users). HTC Vive has an open policy with independent developers, stating they should "go and be healthy", contributing to the VR community as a whole. With the versatility of it being a...
History and Development of HTC Vive
HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation, released on 5 April 2016. This headset is designed to utilize "room scale" technology to turn a room into 3D space via sensors, with the virtual world allowing the user to navigate naturally, with the ability to walk around and use motion tracked handheld controllers to vividly manipulate objects, interact with precision, communicate and experience immersive environments. ...