This week sees Gamescom get underway in Cologne, Germany. Virtual reality (VR) fans have a lot to look forward to, with titles such as Pollen and Kôna set to be on display. On the hardware side, HTC will be taking its anticipated head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Vive, to the show for the public to get some time with. Slots to see the kit are already completely used up but. Those that missed out shouldn’t despair, however, as NVIDIA is offering a few more chances to see the kit at the show.
As revealed over on SteamVR’s Twitter account, NVIDIA will be giving its own demos at the show, which gets underway on 5th August 2015. Attendees will have the chance to win a demo by visiting their booth on the show floor. HTC will also have its own space on the show floor, an image of which can be seen below. Take note that, although a part of the ongoing HTC Vive World Tour, HTC’s showing is not a stop on its Vive tour bus, which is currently working its way through the USA but will be heading over to Europe towards the end of the year.
The HTC Vive itself is currently being shipped out to select developers for free. Both HTC and Valve intend to launch the kit in time for holiday 2015, with a full reveal of both the consumer product and its launch line-up expected to take place in October. The kit runs with Valve’s SteamVR system, offering ‘Room Scale’ user-tracking in an area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet, and works with a pair of position-tracked controllers. SteamVR is also set to work with a number of other VR HMDs including the FOVE eye-tracking device.
VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC Vive closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress, reporting back with the latest.