As we at VRFocus reported yesterday, Valve has already begun shipping the developments kits for their virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Vive. The Vive, also known as the HTC Re Vive in promotional material, was initially revealed earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. A rapid progression from the reveal, to hands-on demonstrations and an announced release date of this year subsequently caught many in the industry by surprise and put great pressure on the likes of Oculus VR to announce details for their Consumer Version (CV1) Oculus Rift, which subsequently occurred not long afterwards.
Up until now only a small number of developers had gotten their hands on development kits. After yesterday’s story however, a number of tweets and other discussions on social media suggested a some developers had taken delivery or were expecting them imminently. One developer has though stepped forward and not only confirmed their receipt of the HTC Vive kit but also recorded an unboxing video of the kit itself so others can see what it contains.
VR developer Cloudhead Games, who were one of those studios already working with HTC Vive for their work on The Gallery: Six Elements, uploaded the video showing off the documentation, HMD and other aspects of the kit making note of changes between the new hardware and that in the first generation development kit. Showing that the version currently being delivered has not only gone through a degree of design refinement but that Valve and HTC possibly might also make additional future updates to the design.
You can see the video below:
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[Our thanks to VRFocus community member Snow_King for the video link.]