HTC is Developing Valve’s VR Headset and It’s Called Vive

By   /   Mar 1, 2015

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced Vive, a virtual reality headset that is being developed in collaboration with Valve.

Valve may have pretty picky about revealing details about its VR program but it seems that a prominent amount of progress has been made. HTC, in full confidence, has announced plans to release a consumer version of the headset later this year. There is also a developer edition and will arrive sooner by spring.

It’s still too soon to talk about the consumer version, but the developer edition uses two 1200 x 1080 displays that have a refresh rate of 90 frames-per-second. According to HTC, the specifications fully eliminate the problem of jitter and achieve “photo-realistic imagery.”

The headset is designed to envelop your entire field of vision and is said to be the first device to offer a “full room-scale” experience, “letting you get up, walk around and explore your virtual space, inspect objects from every angle and truly interact with your surroundings.”

The Vive headset will also use a custom game controller. A user will hold an “Ergonomic VR game controller” in each hand in order to interact with the virtual world. The position of each controller will also be tracked, similar to how Sony’s VR headset, Project Morpheus, uses Move controllers to track player movement.

“The Vive headset was developed in conjunction with Valve, creators of such ground-breaking games as Portal and Half-Life,” HTC said in a statement on the device’s website. “HTC manufactures some of the finest consumer electronics on the planet and Valve is an unrivaled architect of virtual worlds, so you know the collaboration is something special. Vive is powered by Valve’s SteamVR so plenty of games that take advantage of its capabilities will soon be available on the Steam service.”

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