Both Valve and HTC are currently taking their upcoming virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Vive, on tour across the world. In the US an HTC Vive tour truck has been stopping at every major technology event for the past few months along with brief stops at cities across the country. One such event was PAX Prime 2015 that took place at the end of August in Seattle, Washington. The HTC Vive could be found in a number of locations throughout the show, as seen in a new recap video posted below.
Lasting nearly 4 minutes, this montage of HTC Vive’s presence at the consumer show features quotes from key members of the team behind the device. There’s also a handful of developers that were showcasing their titles running on the kit at the event and some reactions from those lucky enough to try it out. You’ll hear from the likes of Brain Espinoza, VR User Experience Researcher at HTC, and the developers behind titles such as The Gallery: Call of the Starseed and Job Simulator.
The HTC Vive is expected to launch in a limited fashion in the remainder of 2015 before becoming more widely available later on in 2016. This is the first VR HMD to support Valve’s SteamVR system, which adds a number of unique aspects to the VR experience. Arguably the most significant of these is the much-touted Room Scale user-tracking that allows players to walk around an area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet and have those movements replicated in-game. This is done using a laser-based tracking solution known as Lighthouse.
VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC Vive closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.