Arguably the biggest story of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and Mobile World Congress (MBW) this week took place before either event had even started. HTC surprised everyone last Sunday by announcing its own virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in partnership with Valve at a press conference in Barcelona, Spain. Few details about the HTC Vive, as it’s called, have been shared since. However one of the first people to sample the demo for the Vive at MWC recently took to Twitter to share new information.
Alexandre Jenny, CEO and CTO of image stitching and virtual tour company Kolor was lucky enough to be one of the first to try Vive. “Just tried the #SteamVR HMD,” Jenny wrote on Twitter. “Waouh. The best positional tracker ever. Yes, that’s beyond oculus in quality. Cannot wait to play with SDK.”
When asked for more about the demo from a follower, Jenny noted that he was able to walk around with the HMD on, which was a ‘big bonus’. His comments also reveal that there are at least two demos for the kit, the second being an ‘underwater diving’ experience. From the sounds of it, this could well be TheBluVR: Encounter, the deep sea exploration experience from indie developer WEVR that was confirmed to be coming to Vive shortly after its announcement.
Valve will also be giving private demos of the Vive at GDC this week and will be talking about the kit at EGX Rezzed in London, UK next weekend. Expect more details on the company’s Steam VR concept as the week goes on. VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC Vive, reporting back with any further updates on the kit.