The HTC Vive consumer edition, one of the most eagerly awaited VR Headsets of all time and one of the biggest consumer electronics devices of 2016 has now been officially announced.
Pre-Orders and Price:
Pre-Orders of the HTC Vive will start on 29th February at 10am Eastern time (UK time 3pm), with the aim to have the units in the hands of those who order them in early April.
The price is $799 and you’ll also get some limited edition ‘experiences’ thrown in with the headset for that price.
Why Is This Different?
We’ve seen loads of VR headsets and we’ve loved the Samsung Gear VR – so why is the HTC Vive different? Well, the huge difference is that this does not use your phone as the screen or computing power, but also HTC has taken the approach of adding a layer of AR – with sensors that map your room, controllers which map your hand movements and a front facing camera.
- A dedicated screen
- Controllers which track your movements in virtual space
- Room sensors – so it can map out your room for you
- Front facing camera for AR
All this means that you will need a pretty good PC to even be able to run this thing:
Required Hardware Specs:
- Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent, or greater
- Processor: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent, or greater
- RAM: At least 4GB
- Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, or newer
- USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or greater port