A new major player was introduced into the virtual reality (VR) industry last week as Valve and HTC announced the Vive head-mounted display (HMD) at the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona, Spain. The kit was also on display at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California. There, Gears of War creator and Oculus VR investor Cliff Bleszinski got to sample the kit for the first time. His impressions? Using Vive was similar to the first time the developer went to Disneyland.
Bleszinski stated as much on a panel for his upcoming title, Project Bluestreak, at PAX East 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts, as reported by Gamespot. “I felt like the first time I went to Disneyland,” the former-Epic Games developer said. “It was absolutely magical.” Bleszinski also noted that he didn’t believe VR would become a dominant platform overnight. That said, as one of the original investors in Oculus VR and someone that profited heavily from Facebook’s acquisition of the company, he clearly believes in the commercial viability of the tech.
The Vive works with Valve’s Steam VR system. This consists of a pair of unique base stations which, when planted within a room, allow players to physically walk within an area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet and have those movements replicated in the given experience. The development kit for the device is expected to launch in spring 2015 with a full consumer launch aiming for this holiday season. Valve has also confirmed that the Vive isn’t the only HMD that will use Steam VR, though other devices that do so are yet to be revealed.
The device will next be shown at next week’s EGX Rezzed event in London, UK. VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC Vive closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.