The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) are now going head-to-head. As of this week, both kits are now available to pre-order online, with the Oculus Rift set to ship first on 28th March 2016 and the HTC Vive going out just over a week later on 5th April. Expect these two PC-based devices to give each other some stiff competition in the coming weeks and months, then, but that doesn’t mean the minds behind each can’t get along. And that appears to be what Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey intends to do.
Shortly after the launch of pre-orders for the HTC Vive on 29th February 2016, Luckey offered his congratulations to HTC over on Twitter. “Congrats to @htc VR team on their launch!” he wrote. HTC’s Shen Ye also gave a positive reply, stating: “thanks! Let make VR kickass this year!”
Luckey later followed up with: “Hopefully we can work together to make that happen!” It’s not uncommon to see the pair encouraging each other online, as both have stated on multiple occasions that everyone has to be successful in order for VR to work.
For comparison, the Oculus Rift costs $599 USD, while the HTC Vive starts at $799. The former includes an Xbox One controller, a tracking unit, the Oculus Remote and two free games in Lucky’s Tale and, for those that pre-order, EVE: Valkyrie. For the extra $200, then, HTC Vive offers two position tracked controllers, two Lighthouse base stations that allow for Room Scale user-tracking, and three free titles in Tilt Brush, Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. Oculus VR hasn’t yet detailed how many pre-orders it has received since they launch in January, though HTC has noted that it sold 15,000 HTC Vives in less than 10 minutes of it going up.
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