The HTC Vive may have been the last of the 3 major virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) to be revealed, but it’s set to be the first to launch. The kit, which is the result of a partnership between HTC and Valve, made its debut at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in March, nearly a full year after the Project Morpheus VR HMD for PlayStation 4 and nearly 3 years on from the Oculus Rift’s first showing. Despite it, the HTC Vive will be releasing this year, unlike its rivals. The speed at which the pair are operating is nothing short of remarkable, and that’s something the company recently spoke to VRFocus about.
In the interview below Dana Nicholson, Executive Director of HTC’s Advanced Concept Group discusses how the partnership between the 2 companies came about and what fans can expect to see in the run up to a consumer launch later this year. The HTC Vive integrates Valve’s SteamVR system to allow for Room Scale user tracking in areas of up to 15 feet by 15 feet. It also features a pair of controllers which, as revealed at Comic-Con last week, are now wireless.
A price and release date for the HTC Vive are yet to be set. VRFocus will continue to follow the kit closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.