The HTC Vive is the more expensive of the currently available high-end PC virtual reality (VR) options, though some could argue its the most forward-looking, having launched with tracked motion controllers while the Oculus had to introduce them later. HTC Vive is also looking to get some upgraded controllers in the form of the Knuckles controllers, as well as being compatible with Xbox controllers and the Steam controller.
Though not quite as attractive as Oculus Rift’s Summer discount, HTC Vive also offers a sale price, with the headset being reduced to $749.99 (USD), including free shipping, for the Summer Sale. The bundle includes a free version of Star Trek: Bridge Crew, a Viveport subscription in addition to the headset, controllers and two Lighthouse tracking base stations along with the cables.
The HTC Vive was launched on 5th April, 2016 as part of a joint project between HTC and Valve. At the time when pre-orders opened, over 100 games were already known to be coming to the platform. The HTC Vive natively supports ‘room-scale’ VR by using ‘Lighthouse’ tracking base stations in addition to the headset and controllers.
There are two competing wireless solutions for the HTC Vive, the TPCast and DisplayLink, though neither of those devices is currently available for commercial release yet, there are some indications as to how they will perform with VRFocus looking at them both.
Valve recently announced that there are upgraded Vive controllers on the way in the form of the Knuckles Vive controllers. The HTC Vive also supports Xbox controllers and the Steam controller.
Which controller set-up is best for which application? Should you wait for the Knuckles Controllers? You can find out with the VRFocus guide to various HTC Vive controller set-ups.