As it is now in 2016, the idea of virtual reality has become more of, well, a reality. Many big names are throwing their hats into the mix such as Oculus, Sony, Samsung, and more recently, HTC. This past Sunday at Mobile World Congress, the final details on HTC's Vive were released. Could it be the savior for this company whose profits have been consistently dwindling in recent years?
Coming in with a whopping $800 price tag, it's putting quite the distinction between the popular Oculus Rift's $600 cost. Included with the headset are two wireless controllers, two wall units that track your position, and a hub that will collect all the data and send it to your PC. Two games will also be included: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. It's quite the bundle and at the end of the day, it actually includes more than the Rift does. Hopefully it all justifies the comparatively larger price tag that is accompanying the Vive.
The Vive will be boasting a slew of new improvements and features, like a much more comfortable microphone and two wireless wall units, making an improvement over its bulky and wired predecessor. Another nice feature being presented is fully integrated phone functionality, effectively allowing you to remain connected to the real world without leaving your virtual one.
HTC's Vive will be launching in early April in the US, UK, Canada, and many other countries, with pre-orders being available starting February 29. Its required specs include an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 - or AMD's equivalent, the R9 270 - an Intel i5-4590 or AMD's FX 8350, 4GB of RAM, and it is supporting Windows 7 and above. If you'd like to see if your system is capable of running VR, Valve has been kind enough to release software for that.
Though many are most likely finding the cost of the Vive to be unappealing, many sources such as Cnet seem to think it is justified. This year is being considered "the year of virtual reality," and HTC's Vive may be a competent contender in the virtual reality race. Come April, we'll see how the Vive competes against the rest of the virtual reality headsets at play and if it can give HTC a much needed break.