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First look at HTC Vive consumer version!

Virtual reality has been the hot new thing at Mobile World Congress 2016, a show that's full of hot new things. But it doesn't get much newer than this. Fresh off a plane from Taiwan we've got our first look at the consumer version of the HTC Vive, the immersive, whole-room virtual reality kit from HTC and Valve, powered by Steam VR.

Not a whole lot has changed from the Vive Pre, which we saw in early January at CES. (The consumer version drops the "Pre" name.) There's now a hole in the front of the top head strap, making it a little more comfortable. The focus knob now is ridged, making it easier to turn. The controllers have a little more grip to them, so you're less likely to drop them. (You'll still want to use the included wrist straps of course.)

The question now is whether you're going to drop $799 on the Vive — which truly is the most complete commercially available VR experience we've done — when preorders open on Feb. 29. (And whether you've got a computer at home that can power it.) Vive is still on schedule to ship in April.

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27 Comments
  • In which way is this better than the Oculus Rift, then?
  • Not being owned by Facebook gives it +infinity points over the Rift.  
  • dat price tho http://nerdist.com/htc-vive-confirmed-more-expensive-than-oculus-rift/ :-D
  • No pre-installed Farmville VR with Vive.
  • I have heard that it is a better experience than rift. Idk exactly what that means, better motion tracking? Better visuals/sound?
  • No VR nudes of the Zuckerbergs pre-installed.
  • VR nudes of Gordon Freeman & Gabe Newell come pre-installed.
  • I'd also like to know the answer to this, since its $200 more.
  • The Vive comes with the controllers. With the Oculus Rift you have to buy them separately. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Vive also has the front facing camera, for AR-experience and for detecting objects when moving around. No built-in audio though (which might also be a plus).
  • Ah, that makes sense then.
  • Well it certainly isn't nervegear
  • How can I download apps?
  • Want to see UK prices first if it's within £100 of the Rift my order might swing to the Vive
  • hahahahahaahha nope, wont happen. HTC VIVE will be more expensive than the Oculus http://nerdist.com/htc-vive-confirmed-more-expensive-than-oculus-rift/
  • I really want one, probably going to wait for gen 2 though, been burned by several early adoptions. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Sony VR might be the best bet of early hardware. They have clear use case in mind and won't go bankrupt any time soon like HTC.
  • Are Sony making profits now?
    For years they have been losing billions and sold their buildings, PC division etc.
  • Don't know. But I suppose they will live longer than HTC. Camera business, components, are making money?
  • yes, gaming department + PSN is making a lot of money especialy because the good PS4 sales
  • Question of course is, if Sony VR also work with PCs. If it is restricted to PS4 it will be the worst solution due to the weak hardware.
  • Most likely restricted to PS4/5.
  • Sony knows that no games will be developed if user is forced to buy PC in addition to VR headset for console game to work. How would you even market such games to average consumer? * requires Sony VR and PC with this and that specs and hours/days of configuration..
  • I recommend everyone should have at least one PS4 in their homes. They make excellent dust collectors!
  • now lets make it a sweepstake
  • Looks like hive from destiny
  • SKYNET will be reborn. Haha.. The Terminator is coming soon...lul