BreakingModern – This week HTC and Valve announced Vive, a virtual reality headset that will be available to consumers before the end of 2015. So far details for the Developer Edition, which will be available this spring, have been released.
Valve is known in the gaming world for Steam, a digital gaming network for DRM content, socialization and multiplayer use in addition to two major franchise games, Portal and Half-Life. The company has developed a long-anticipated SteamVR technology, which will now be used to run Vive.
HTC, typically a manufacturer of smartphone devices such as the recently released HTC One M9, has designed the hardware. HTC says of the device:
“You’ll experience sights and sounds vivid and lifelike enough to transport you to another place, another time — whole new realities with limitless possibilities.”
Vive, which you strap on over your head, contains two 1200 x 1080 displays, each operating at 90 frames per second. An audio out jack sits on the side of the Developer Edition device, and it’s likely the consumer version will have built-in audio. It also contains a gyrosensor, accelerometer and a laser position center, which will “precisely track the rotation of your head on both axes to an accuracy of 1/10th of a degree …”
The headset was also made to work with SteamVR “base stations,” which will let the user walk around with the Vive in a 15’ x 15’ area, all while interacting with the virtual reality. Likewise, HTC has developed game controllers for users to interact with the environment in real time. These two features have been touted as game changers in the field of virtual reality.
Vive made headlines with its demos during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
All Screenshots: Daniel Zweier courtesy of HTC
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