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HTC Vive in 2017: Hands-On
HTC Vive in 2017: Hands-On
Published: 2017/01/07
Channel: Engadget
HTC Vive Exploration - Should you buy one?
HTC Vive Exploration - Should you buy one?
Published: 2016/05/18
Channel: Linus Tech Tips
Virtual Reality - SteamVR featuring the HTC Vive
Virtual Reality - SteamVR featuring the HTC Vive
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: Valve
ELDERS REACT TO HTC VIVE (VR)
ELDERS REACT TO HTC VIVE (VR)
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: FBE
SPIDER-MAN VR! | Spider-Man Homecoming VR Experience (HTC Vive)
SPIDER-MAN VR! | Spider-Man Homecoming VR Experience (HTC Vive)
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: jacksepticeye
SLÅR DATORN I GOLVET | VR - HTC VIVE | SUPERHOT
SLÅR DATORN I GOLVET | VR - HTC VIVE | SUPERHOT
Published: 2017/08/20
Channel: Chris Whippit
VR John Wick Game (HTC Vive)
VR John Wick Game (HTC Vive)
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: Node
¡ SOY BATMAN ! | BATMAN ARKHARM VR Pc - Htc Vive Gameplay
¡ SOY BATMAN ! | BATMAN ARKHARM VR Pc - Htc Vive Gameplay
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: SrSerpiente: En la variedad está el gusto
CALL OF DUTY WW2 IN VIRTUAL REALITY?! | Front Defense VR (HTC Vive Gameplay)
CALL OF DUTY WW2 IN VIRTUAL REALITY?! | Front Defense VR (HTC Vive Gameplay)
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: Nathie
BLOODY AND BEATEN | GORN #1 (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
BLOODY AND BEATEN | GORN #1 (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
Published: 2017/07/29
Channel: jacksepticeye
THE SCARIEST FUN! | Richies Plank Experience VR (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
THE SCARIEST FUN! | Richies Plank Experience VR (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
Published: 2016/09/26
Channel: jacksepticeye
WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB | Rick And Morty VR #1 (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB | Rick And Morty VR #1 (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: jacksepticeye
Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive FINAL ANSWER
Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive FINAL ANSWER
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Linus Tech Tips
LA RAPINA AL SUPERMERCATO DEGLI ZOMBIE! - Out of Ammo ITA (HTC Vive)
LA RAPINA AL SUPERMERCATO DEGLI ZOMBIE! - Out of Ammo ITA (HTC Vive)
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: SpJockey
TPCAST REVIEW - SHOULD YOU BUY IT? | HTC Vive Wireless Virtual Reality
TPCAST REVIEW - SHOULD YOU BUY IT? | HTC Vive Wireless Virtual Reality
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: SweViver
Thoughts after 1 Full YEAR of VR with the HTC Vive!
Thoughts after 1 Full YEAR of VR with the HTC Vive!
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: TribalInstincts
Foolish Stunts! - Hold My Beer Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
Foolish Stunts! - Hold My Beer Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: Ctop
The Pit! - Out of Ammo: Death Drive Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
The Pit! - Out of Ammo: Death Drive Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Ctop
DESTROY EVERYTHING | VRobot (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
DESTROY EVERYTHING | VRobot (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: jacksepticeye
E3: New games on HTC Vive
E3: New games on HTC Vive
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: TechCrunch
TOP 5 GAMES ON THE HTC VIVE | Ohm
TOP 5 GAMES ON THE HTC VIVE | Ohm's Picks (Thanksgiving 2016 Edition)
Published: 2016/11/24
Channel: Ohmwrecker / Maskedgamer
TINY TOWN RACEWAY! - Tiny Town VR (VR HTC Vive)
TINY TOWN RACEWAY! - Tiny Town VR (VR HTC Vive)
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: MyVR
HAMMER DOWN! | GORN #4 (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
HAMMER DOWN! | GORN #4 (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
Published: 2017/08/13
Channel: jacksepticeye
Build and Defend! - Out of Ammo: Death Drive Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
Build and Defend! - Out of Ammo: Death Drive Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: Ctop
I CONTROLLED A GIANT MECH ROBOT IN VR! - HTC Vive VR
I CONTROLLED A GIANT MECH ROBOT IN VR! - HTC Vive VR
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: eNtaK
HTC Vive, review en español
HTC Vive, review en español
Published: 2016/08/18
Channel: Topes de Gama Plus
1 Year Later: HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift - Which is the Best VR Headset?
1 Year Later: HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift - Which is the Best VR Headset?
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: MakeUseOf
Fast Paced VR Climbing! - TO THE TOP Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
Fast Paced VR Climbing! - TO THE TOP Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: Ctop
Is the HTC Vive worth it?
Is the HTC Vive worth it?
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: JayzTwoCents
THE GIANT ARM OF THE LAW | Giant Cop (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
THE GIANT ARM OF THE LAW | Giant Cop (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: jacksepticeye
Crazy Fishing - Catching Monster Fish in Virtual Reality! - Crazy Fishing HTC Vive VR
Crazy Fishing - Catching Monster Fish in Virtual Reality! - Crazy Fishing HTC Vive VR
Published: 2017/07/09
Channel: Blitz
Oculus Touch vs HTC Vive 2017
Oculus Touch vs HTC Vive 2017
Published: 2017/07/15
Channel: createthis
VR SUPERHOT on HTC Vive
VR SUPERHOT on HTC Vive
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: Node
MINECRAFT VIRTUAL REALITY! (HTC VIVE)
MINECRAFT VIRTUAL REALITY! (HTC VIVE)
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: Lachlan
All Aboard the Airplane! - Tiny Town VR Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
All Aboard the Airplane! - Tiny Town VR Gameplay - VR HTC Vive
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: Ctop
PlayStation VR vs Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive - Which One is Best?
PlayStation VR vs Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive - Which One is Best?
Published: 2016/10/23
Channel: MW Technology
THE COUNTER-STRIKE OF VIRTUAL REALITY | Pavlov VR (HTC Vive Gameplay)
THE COUNTER-STRIKE OF VIRTUAL REALITY | Pavlov VR (HTC Vive Gameplay)
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Nathie
The Best VR Headset? HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift vs PS VR
The Best VR Headset? HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift vs PS VR
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: WatchMojo.com
فتح صندوق و تجربة أولى للـ HTC Vive!
فتح صندوق و تجربة أولى للـ HTC Vive!
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: Android Basha | أندرويد باشا
MY GRAFFITI MASTERPIECE | Kingspray VR (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
MY GRAFFITI MASTERPIECE | Kingspray VR (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: jacksepticeye
I
I'LL TAKE THAT HEAD | GORN #3 (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)
Published: 2017/08/09
Channel: jacksepticeye
20 Free VR Games for the HTC Vive and Oculus Touch
20 Free VR Games for the HTC Vive and Oculus Touch
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: Nathie
SquiddyPlays - JOB SIMULATOR! (HTC Vive) - STORE CLERK!
SquiddyPlays - JOB SIMULATOR! (HTC Vive) - STORE CLERK!
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: SquiddyPlays
¡SOY SPIDERMAN! PARKOUR EXTREMO EN REALIDAD VIRTUAL ! (HTC VIVE) - ElChurches
¡SOY SPIDERMAN! PARKOUR EXTREMO EN REALIDAD VIRTUAL ! (HTC VIVE) - ElChurches
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: ElChurches
GTA 5 IN VIRTUAL REALITY! (GTA 5 HTC VIVE)
GTA 5 IN VIRTUAL REALITY! (GTA 5 HTC VIVE)
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: Kwebbelkop
HTC Vive - Alle Infos zu Hardware & Aufbau | deutsch / german
HTC Vive - Alle Infos zu Hardware & Aufbau | deutsch / german
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: PC-WELT
VIRTUAL REALITY FRUIT WAR! | Shooty Fruity VR (HTC Vive Gameplay)
VIRTUAL REALITY FRUIT WAR! | Shooty Fruity VR (HTC Vive Gameplay)
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Nathie
NOT SAVING PRIVATE RYAN IN VR | Front Defense VR - HTC Vive Gameplay
NOT SAVING PRIVATE RYAN IN VR | Front Defense VR - HTC Vive Gameplay
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: RowdyGuy
VR Minecraft Exploring! - Vivecraft Gameplay - Vivecraft VR HTC Vive
VR Minecraft Exploring! - Vivecraft Gameplay - Vivecraft VR HTC Vive
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Ctop
BECOMING A SLOW MOTION SUPERHERO AND SAVING LIVES IN VR! | Just In Time Incorporated Game (HTC Vive)
BECOMING A SLOW MOTION SUPERHERO AND SAVING LIVES IN VR! | Just In Time Incorporated Game (HTC Vive)
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: Kindly Keyin
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HTC Vive
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An HTC Vive head-mounted display with a camera near the bottom rim; two wireless handheld controllers; and two 'Lighthouse' basestations
Type Virtual reality headset for room scale virtual reality
Release date 5 April 2016
Manufacturer HTC, with technology by Valve Corporation
Display technology PenTile[1] OLED
Resolution 2160×1200 (1080×1200 per eye)[2]
Refresh rate 90 Hz[2]
Field of view (Nominal) About 110 degrees[3]
Tracking system Lighthouse (2 base stations emitting pulsed IR lasers)
Input Video/data/Bluetooth
Weight 470 grams (previously 555 grams)
Platform/operating system SteamVR running on Microsoft Windows in addition to Linux support, with macOS support coming[4]
Connection HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 and 1× USB 3.0
Website www.vive.com
Introductory price US$799/£769.99
Sound
  • 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones
  • Built-in microphone
  • Headphones will be sold separately from June 2017[5]
Controller input SteamVR wireless motion tracked controllers
Camera Front-facing camera - enabling users to view the external world and a key component of the devices 'chaperone' safety system.

The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation. The headset uses "room scale" tracking technology, allowing the user to move in 3D space and use motion-tracked handheld controllers to interact with the environment.[6]

The HTC Vive was unveiled during HTC's Mobile World Congress keynote in March 2015. Development kits were sent out in August and September 2015, and the first Consumer version of the device was released on April 5th, 2016.

Development[edit]

Prototypes of a Valve-produced virtual reality system were demonstrated during 2014. On 23 February 2015, Valve announced that it would demonstrate a "SteamVR hardware system" at the 2015 Game Developers Conference.[7][8][9] HTC officially unveiled its device, Vive, during its Mobile World Congress keynote on 1 March 2015.[6] Preorders started on 29 February 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EST.[10] Valve and HTC have since announced that the headset will be free for selected developers.[11]

At Consumer Electronics Show 2016, HTC and Valve unveiled a near-final hardware revision of the device, known as HTC Vive Pre.[12]

It has since been announced that that SteamVR 2.0 will feature smaller more efficient lighthouses, new controllers, higher-quality displays and a smaller and lighter wireless headset.[13]

History[edit]

During his Immersed 2015 keynote, Phil Chen, Chief Content Officer for HTC and Founder of the HTC Vive explained that he "stumbled upon VR" and later HTC met Valve, which turned out to be "serendipity".[14] Chen 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.[15]

In November 2016, HTC announced a tether-less VR upgrade kit made by TPCAST. A public model was shown at CES 2017 and had a price of $249.[16][17]

At Google I/O in May 2017, Google announced a new, all in-built 'Standalone VR' system that would be made by the Vive team and also by Lenovo.[18]. Whilst in June 2017 Valve revealed details of a second variation of Vive controller which utilizes finger tracking called the Knuckles Vive controller.[19]

Technical specifications[edit]

The Vive has a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The device uses two screens, one per eye, each having a display resolution of 1080x1200.[20] The device uses 70 infrared sensors: 32 on the headset and 19 for each controller. In addition, it also uses a MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems) gyroscope and accelerometer. It is said to operate in a 15-by-15-foot (4.6 by 4.6 m) tracking space if used with both "Lighthouse" base stations that track the user's movement with sub-millimeter precision.[21] The Lighthouse system uses simple photosensors on any object that needs to be captured; to avoid occlusion problems this is combined with two lighthouse stations that sweep structured light lasers within a space.[22]

The front-facing camera allows the software to identify any moving or static objects in a room; this functionality can be 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.[12][23]

The Vive initially required computers running Microsoft Windows. In February 2017, support was added for Linux[24], followed by support for MacOS in June 2017.[25]

Games[edit]

By March 2016, the time at which the pre-orders for the HTC Vive opened, 107 games were known to be coming to the virtual reality format.[26]

In February 2017 Valve CEO Gabe Newell announced via Reddit AMA 'ask me anything' session Valve is developing three AAA VR IPs alongside the forthcoming "Knuckles" controllers.

An open source program called Revive allows for Oculus Rift games to be used with an HTC Vive. Although it has been patched out before, it came with a large public backlash that forced Facebook to reverse the decision.[27]

Adoption[edit]

An unmounted development unit.

Valve released its OpenVR software development kit (SDK), an updated version of its Steamworks VR API with documentation and examples of how to build software that supports SteamVR hardware.[28][29] It provides support for the HTC Vive Developer Edition, including the SteamVR controller and Lighthouse.[30]

SteamVR was launched with native support for Unity on its platform.[31]

On 30 April 2015, Epic Games announced support for Valve's SteamVR technology, allowing developers to create VR projects with Unreal Engine 4 for the HTC Vive.[32][33] Epic said that SteamVR is completely integrated into Unreal Engine 4 across Blueprint visual scripting and native code, meaning projects can be built without being dependent on programmer support if needed.[34] Epic's own Showdown tech demo can already be experienced on SteamVR using the Vive headset.[35][36] jMonkeyEngine, a free cross-platform 3D engine, is also getting support for OpenVR and the Vive.[37]

In July 2016, VR news website Road to VR used game session figures from the Steam VR platform to estimate that approximately 100,000 Vive headsets had been shipped since launch.[38] In the same month, SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), a computer vision company, integrated its eye tracking technology in the HTC Vive to turn it into a dedicated eye tracking solution for research and professional applications.[39][40] In November 2016, Vive announced that it would begin the first retail sales of its headsets at JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores in Australia later that month.[41]

On 23 November 2016, HTC announced that the Vive was sold at a profit and that HTC Vive sales were "much higher" than 140,000.[42]

References[edit]

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