This headset distinguishes itself from the Oculus Rift by using a tracking system that enlarges the ‘tracking area’ greatly, compared to that of the Oculus Rift.
This VR headset is therefore known for the expanded range of motion it allows.
The HTC Vive
The HTC Vive is with slightly heavier than the Oculus Rift by 555 grams. This is caused mainly by the fact that this HMD has more on-board technology. For example, it has a front facing camera and it contains more sensors to accommodate Lighthouse Tracking. We will get back to that little piece of technology.
The HTC Vive is delivered with a more or less modified version of the Steam Gamepad.
This SteamVR Gamepad has pressure activated round buttons and trigger buttons which can also be used for selection and scrolling.
The controllers are sleek, elegant and very ergonomic. The grips on the controller are even fitted with pressure sensors, so they can sense how hard you are squeezing the controller.
With these specifications we can honestly say the graphics for the HTC Vive are very good.
This is an advanced way tracking technology which enables the tracking area to be expanded, greatly over that of the Oculus.
As the name of this technology tells you, it makes use of two ‘lighthouses‘.
Two objects that have to be placed in the room emit a invisible light. This light is produced by LED’s and lasers. The LED lights blink and the lasers pulse 60 times a second.
The headset has been fitted with 37 photo sensors on the front. These sensors pick up the lights emitted by the lighthouses.
As soon as one of the sensors registers the LED light the HMD starts counting until it sees a laser light.
When it sees the laser it starts a complex calculation based on the position of the lighthouse, the sensor that was hit and the moment it was hit.
By doing this sixty times per second, the HTC Vive is able to calculate it’s own position in space.
When we said advanced, we weren’t joking ;-)
Daily, there are new articles about content that will be available for the HTC Vive. We will therefore not mention the vast list of content, there are more than enough resources that list all content that is available.
The HMD will be delivered with both ‘Job simulator’ and ‘Fantastic Contraption’.
Beyond that there will be a lot of content available from the immensely popular Steam platform.
For the die hard gamer it may be fun to know that the popular ‘Half-Life’, will be available for HTC Vive users.
A comprehensive list of all HTC games can be found here.
The recommended sell price for the HTC Vive will, according to recent information, be $799 or €899