HTC Vive steps into Virtual Reality arena with Oculus and Project Morpheus

HTC will release a virtual reality headset with leading PC video games publisher Valve, to compete with Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus.

The HTC Vive will be paired with wireless controllers and tracking technology that will allow wearers to explore computer-generated environments by walking around their rooms. Google, the US TV network HBO and movie studio Lionsgate are already working on content for the machine.

Similar to other VR headsets, HTC will release a test version for developers first with a public edition to follow later this year.

Peter Chou, HTC's chief executive, said: "It is rare that a company has an opportunity to forever transform the ways in which people interact with the world and communicate with each other but that is exactly what we plan to do with Valve.

"We achieved this once before with our development of smartphone technology and we’ll now be doing this for a second time with VR technology of which consumers could only previously dream.”

This announcement marks a change of strategy for HTC, which previously focused on smartphones.

HTC has said that the headset will feature a display video of 90 frames per second and 1200x1080 pixels to provide high definition – but not 4K – quality graphics.

The Vive will have more than 70 sensors built into the machine, including a gyroscope, an accelerometer and a laser position sensor. The machine will also support a facility developed by Valve that allows users to explore a virtual space and the objects within it from different angles – by moving about in real life within a 4.5m by 4.5m space.

As well as looking toward the gaming industry, HTC have said the device will have a variety of applications, from shopping and visiting other parts of the world to meeting friends in virtual reality.

DTG Staff  |  02.03.2015

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