HTC Vive VR Headset Coming to GDC 2015 with Valve’s Steam VR
Apparently, VR headsets is something that major companies consider as a core contender in the future of technology. This is because after Facebook’s Oculus Rift, Sony’s PlayStation Morpheus and Samsung’s Gear VR we are now going to get introduced to HTC Vive!
The smartphone company has teamed up with Valve, the makers of iconic games like Half Life and Portal as well as the owner of digital distribution platform Steam to bring their product to the competition.
Valve was expected to hit the virtual reality market sooner or later, it appears their ideal time has come.
HTC’s Vive headset, powered by SteamVR, pulls those virtual worlds off your computer screen and into your home. You’ll experience sights and sounds vivid and lifelike enough to transport you to another place, another time—whole new realities with limitless possibilities.
So what are the specifics, you might ask. Well, HTC and Valve say that it is going to remove the jitter (unlike previous technologies) and 90 FPS:
A 1,200 by 1,080 pixel screen in front of each eye, with refresh rates of a blistering 90 frames per second, displays photorealistic imagery that fills your field of vision in all directions, eliminating the jitter common to previous VR technologies and transporting you to another world.
That is not all, the headset comes coupled with Steam VR base stations that are going to keep an accurate track of everywhere you go in an area of 15 feet by 15 feet. As far as your sight is concerned, the sensors are going to measure rotations of your head on a scale of 1/10th of a degree.
HTC Vive will also have a pair of customized controllers in each hand of the user that will allow inreaction with the environment – they are claiming that it will “simulate a wide range of activities and interactions.”
The very next thing that comes to your mind after all this is the number of games, right? Well, HTC and Valve are saying that since Vive is powered by Steam VR, it is going to have plenty of things to keep you busy – and very soon!
Unlike Oculus Rift, HTC is not going to keep us waiting for long time;the developer version aka development kit is going to be launched sometime in the spring while the full release is expected sometime by the end of the year.
Oh and at GDC 2015 you will be able t give a try to HTC Vive, so stay tuned!