Here are the tantalizing final details about HTC’s virtual reality headset. The HTC Vive will be available for pre-order starting February 29th in advance of hitting shelves in early April. It’ll cost a whopping $799 (read: $800), far more than the Oculus Rift, which starts at $600.
For $800, you’ll get the headset (duh), two wireless controllers, two wall units for tracking your position, and a hub that collects all the data and sends it to your PC. Additionally, the system will come bundled with two popular game titles: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. The system has a few more components than the Oculus offering, but the extra parts make the HTC Vive more immersive, which helps to justify the higher cost.
There are also a couple of small improvements and new features in the new HTC Vive. The headset now has a microphone , and is far more comfortable than before. The two little cameras that track your motion across the room are now wireless, which is a huge, huge step forward—the previous cameras were very bulky and wired.
The Vive will launch in April in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand.
Here are the recommended PC specs for using Vive:
- GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or better
- CPU: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
- RAM: 4 GB or more
- Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
- USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
- Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10