Valve and HTC reveal VR project Vive

Written by David Hing

March 2, 2015 // 11:51 a.m.

Tags: #htc #valve #vive #vr

Valve has officially joined the virtual reality race with Vive, a VR headset that the developer has created in conjunction with mobile phone manufacturer HTC.

HTC revealed the project at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, ahead of this week's GDC where Valve was expected to talk about virtual reality in some capacity. The Vive will have a developer version shipped in spring and a consumer version available by the end of the year.

The Vive marks itself out against competitors with the inclusion of the Steam VR base station, a system that tracks your physical movement, allowing you to walk around in order to move in a virtual environment.

The base station tracks movement in a 15 square foot area and relies on two devices to measure where the player is going as opposed to anything like the treadmill devices that you might have seen working with the Oculus Rift.

In terms of technical specs, the developer edition of the Vive includes two 1200 x 1080 screens with refresh rates of 90 frames per second. HTC suggests this will cut down on any nausea problems that virtual reality sometimes causes.

HTC boasts that the headset will be light enough to wear for prolonged periods of time and the whole thing will be wireless to avoid any tangling whilst players pace around the room. The Vive will also include wireless controllers that enable hand tracking.

One of the first announced games for the Vive is Job Simulator from Owlchemy Games. Job simulator will be set in a future where robots carry out all menial tasks and players will be given some of those to carry out in virtual reality. Oelchemy has previously worked on early games for other virtual reality systems.
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