HTC is on the verge of making its own virtual reality device the HTC Vive a VR headset device worn on the head. This upcoming headsets is designed to physically utilize the space of a room to be immersed in a virtual reality navigating naturally with the ability to walk around and use motion tracked handheld controller to manipulate objects interact with precision, communicate and experience the environment around. HTC earlier announced its schedules for the pre-order and pre-sale which took place earlier March 2016 but scheduled to be launched by April. HTC had had 15,000 sales of the VR headset during the first 10 minutes of pre-sales and the device worn 22 awards in the CES 2016 alone and it was also the best in the CES.
HTC is in collaboration with Valve corporation to bring the HTC Vive into reality. In a keynote dating as back as 2015, HTC’s Chief Content Officer Phil Chen who is also the Founder of the HTC Vive explained that he Stumbled upon the Virtual reality and later HTC met with Valve corporation which was said to have turned out to be a “Serendipity”Phil also explained that HTC and Valve don’t have a clear dividing line between each of their responsibilities, and HTC is very much a partner in the research and development process.
HTC corporation had stated that the HTC Vive has a refresh rates of about 90Hz which allows for contents to be rendered at 90 frames-per-seconds. The headset has a split screen of two whereby each focuses on each eye with a powerful resolution of about 1080 X 1200. Using about 70 sensors which includes MEM Sygroscope, Accelerator, and laser position sensors. The Vive is said to operates in a 15 Feet by 15 Feet (4.6 Meters by 4.6 Meters) which goes it the power to track space or used with with Lighthouse base stations that tracks the movement under less than a millimeter. HTC also made it known that the ViVe’s Lighthouse was designed to use simple photo sensors on any object that needs to be captured and in order to avoid occlusion problems this is combined with two lighthouse stations that sweep structured light lasers within a space.
The front-facing cameras allow the software to identify any moving or static objects in a room; this functionality is used as part of a “Chaperone” safety system, which will automatically display a feed from the camera to the user to safely guide users from obstacles.
Software and Hardware
Type of device: Virtual reality headset
Display and Resolution: 1080 x 1200 (90Hz)
OS: SteamVR running on Windows, OS X and Linux.
Connections: 1x USB 2.0, 1xHDMI 1.4
Tracking system: Lighthouse (2 base stations emitting pulsed lasers)
Weight: 555 Grams
HTC announced the price for the Vive earlier as the pre-order was scheduled to go start from February 29th 2016. HTC though which never announced how many figures it had made altogether during the pre-sales at the CES 2016 had successfully sold 15,000 just within the first 10 minutes of its pre-order sales while each goes for the price of $799. That’s quiet huge especially since the gadget has its own rival the Oculus Rift which sella lesser for $599. But still the price could still be better for its worth since HTC Vive does just what is made to do.