Published on March 2nd, 2015 | by Mick Brennan0
HTC And Valve To Enter VR Market With The VIVE
Yesterday at MWC 2015 Valve and HTC announced their plans to enter into the virtual reality market with a futuristic headset called Vive. Last week, Valve announced that it would unveil a brand new virtual-reality headset during the 2015 Game Developers Conference, and it was confimed yesterday.
Valve’s SteamVR tracking technology is the powerplant behind Vive’s inner workings. The headset comes with two base stations that track your movement in real time. It will also include a gyroscope, accelerometer, and laser positioning system. Compared to the Oculus Rift, the Vive is a powerhouse. The Rift’s current incarnation supports 1080p output and can handle around 75 frames per second. The Vive, on the other hand, has a pair of beefy 1200 x 1080 displays, which support 90 FPS.
Controlling a virtual reality game has always been a huge problem for VR developers, but Valve and HTC may have found a solution. Nothing’s been officially revealed—that’ll probably happen during GDC—but HTC did say that The Vive includes a “pair” of controllers. HTC says the Vive will be available by Christmas 2015.