At this week’s Mobile World Congress, there surprises just keep on coming. On Sunday, after first unveiling the flagship HTC One M9 and the HTC Grip (the company’s first wearable), company CEO Peter Chou then introduced another new product – the HTC Vive virtual reality headset.
HTC Vive in partnership with games company Valve
HTC has partnered with Valve to create its first virtual reality (VR) headset. The Vive uses Steam’s VR technology and a design from HTC, to produce a device that should compete head-to-head against the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus.
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“It’s 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,” said Cher Wang, the chairwoman of HTC.
The Vive has two 1,200 x 1,080 resolution displays in front of each eye that can display content at an incredible 90 frames per second. The special Developer Edition also has a headphone socket on the side, a gyro sensor, accelerometer, and a laser position sensor.
Vive offers the most immersive experience of any VR package, plunging people into other worlds at a moment’s notice. HTC and Valve have introduced a Full Room Scale 360 Degree Solution with Tracked Controllers, letting you get up, walk around and explore your virtual space, inspect objects from every angle and truly interact with your surroundings. Setting a new benchmark for performance, the headset features high-quality graphics, 90-frames-per-second video and incredible audio fidelity – HTC press release
Besides the Vive, Valve and HTC are also said to be working on base stations that can track your physical location, and allow you to get up and explore the virtual environment.
HTC has said it plans to release the Vive Developer Edition in the spring, with a consumer version to launch before the end of 2015.
It seems like a lot of companies are now getting in on the virtual reality game, and the HTC Vive looks like it will be an interesting product when it comes to market later this year.
You can watch the promotional video here: