Tuesday 28 February 2017

MWC 2016 - HTC Vive release and pricing

Paul Mallon

HTC Vive
HTC Vive

HTC has confirmed the details for their first virtual reality headset with the HTC Vive set to debut in April 2016

Virtual Reality is here for 2016 and HTC is set to be right there at the forefront with the new Vive headset. And now we know even more about this potentially revolutionary device.

At Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona HTC has confirmed the pre order and release dates as well as the pricing of the Vive. The Consumer Edition of the headset will be ready for pre-order on the 29th of February 2016 with a release both online and in stores in early April. And the set will retail for $799 (around €730).

The headset has been developed in partnership with software giants Valve with its main systems set to be powered by SteamVR. Vive Phone Services is a new feature which is just being announced - it will let you respond to phone calls and reply to text messages and even interact with your personal calendar, all while staying inside the virtual world. This hybrid system is set to open up new possibilities for all kinds of partnerships through the Vive.

We've seen the headset a number of times before but the Consumer Edition has been refreshed, including a better headstrap and wireless controllers with advanced haptic feedback. The displays are even more detailed and the introduction of a front facing camera means that you can glance at the real world from inside your virtual one.

For a limited time, the Vive will come with two unique VR experiences for free in the box:

  • Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives, by Owlchemy Labs: In a firmly tongue-in-cheek world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into the ‘Job Simulator’ to learn what it was like 'to job'.
  • Fantastic Contraption: by Northway Games in collaboration with Radial Games: Imagine walking around a grassy island floating in the sky, building a machine the size of a horse with your own hands, and then watching it roll out into the world.

“From the beginning, Vive has been at the forefront of virtual reality, with HTC pioneering several ground breaking technologies,” comments Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO, HTC. “Since announcing Vive this time last year, we have worked tirelessly with Valve to deliver the best VR experience on the market, winning multiple awards and receiving critical acclaim from media, consumers and the industry. With the Vive consumer edition we are now able to realise our ultimate vision; bringing Vive into homes around the globe so that people can experience immersive virtual reality in a way that fires the imagination and truly changes the world.”

Look to the official site for pre-orders from the 29th of February 2016.

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