Vive to Come With Controllers

There’s still plenty to learn about HTC’s Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), despite the company yesterday confirming that it will be available to consumers in 2015. One of the most intriguing aspects of the device, which is made in partnership with Valve, is the two controllers that allow players to interact with virtual environments. Pictures of these controllers are yet to surface, it has seemingly confirmed that they will be shipping with the device itself.

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According to videogame personality Geoff Keighley the Vive HMD will come with these two controllers. It’s an interesting point to note given that Oculus Rift HMD maker Oculus VR has recently stated that it may not be offering its own form of VR input for the release of the first consumer version of its kit. Oculus VR is thought to be working with wireless hand-tracking given that the company last year purchased Nimble VR, a tech group working on a sensor that mounts itself to the front of the HMD.

Valve will hopefully reveal the controllers in full at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA this week. The company will be showcasing its Steam VR concept to both developers and publishers, with plenty more to be revealed about the system. Following that, Valve will also be talking about the system at EGX Rezzed next week, where the company’s Chet Faliszek will discuss what it has learned from working with Vive developers so far. Faliszek will also conduct a Q&A session.

VRFocus will continue to follow the Vive’s progress closely, reporting back with any further updates on the HMD.

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