Virtual Reality

  • Valve's VR Set Coming in April

    HTC Vive

    In February, pre-orders for the co-built Vive VR headset from HTC and Valve will begin. The release date for the Vive will be set for an April launch after this. The exact opening for pre-orders will begin February 29.

    Whilst the HTC Vive is still a very new piece of technology, in a few month's time we could see a lot of support by various game developers. The HTC Vive developer kit was sent out on January 5 so developers will already be able to begin developing VR options for their titles. It may be a long while before VR makes it to most mainstream AAA titles, if it does come at all, but it will be incredibly exciting to see virtual reality like the HTC Vive on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

    Because the Vive is co-owned by Valve, it is very likely that the virtual reality headset will be used primarily alongside Steam, a PC gaming client owned by Valve. We may never see console support for the HTC Vive but it will potentially show us what VR could be capable of on all platforms.

    The Vive isn't the only virtual headset available for pre-order. On January 6 the Occulus Rift also made it's way online for pre-order. This headset currently is available for pre-order for a hefty $600 and it will be available to the public on March 28. Prices for VR is bound to be very high to begin with but we may see price drops over the next few months. Hopefully in two years the technology will be affordable for the average gamer and the VR-supported game library will be quite expansive.

  • Valve and HTC Team Up To Announce New VR Headset

    htc viveHTC has just announced a brand new product that they have been working on in partnership with Valve. The new product is a virtual reality headset that has been manufactured to compete with other VR headsets from manufacturers such as Samsung and Oculus.

    The new headset has been given the name HTC Vive, and unlike other virtual reality headsets, it will act as a standalone device, and no other devices, such as smartphones, will be needed to operate it.

    It seems HTC are at the forefront of development for the HTC Vive, and Valve has simply partnered with them to ensure themselves a space in the newly born virtual reality scene that has been growing over the last few years.

    Peter Chou, HTC's vice chairman, made a statement about the HTC Vive.

    "We believe virtual reality will totally transform the way we interact with the world. Virtual reality will become a mainstream experience for the general consumer the possibilities are limitless. Viewing awesome scenery, attending real time concerts, learning history, watching an incredible movie, reliving memories through photos or even shopping will never be the same in virtual reality."

    It's clear that the Vive will be used for games, but HTC are looking to reach other audiences besides from just gamers, too. Hopefully we'll see some success from the device, which is planned to release this Holiday season.

    Do you think Valve and HTC have a chance to make it in the virtual reality game? It would be great to see something big happen with the HTC Vive, but only time will tell.

  • Microsoft May Have an Xbox Virtual Reality Kit in the Making

    Whilst Microsoft may not be done with the Kinect, it is quite clear that for most the piece of tech is nothing more than a gimmick. It can be fun to wave yourself in front of the TV with a few mates or with the family, and talking to your Xbox can be quite entertaining at first, but it quickly looses any meaning except for a companion for it's Xbox friend.

    Microsoft may be looking into something a lot better than the Kinect if their recent patent file is anything to go by. The patent shows information on what seems to be a pair of virtual reality glasses. Players will be able to wear the glasses and 'immerse' themselves in a game.

    Recently we've seen things like the impressive Oculus Rift hit the world, and it's certainly left an impact, so perhaps Microsoft want to get there first.

    If the Oculus Rift is anything to go by, using a high-tech virtual reality kit will allow players to really feel like they are in the game- the camera will move accurately to your head movements, and you'll be able to view and interact with the world around you.

    Do you think you're ready for virtual reality gaming on the Xbox One or are you happy with a custom xbox one controller?

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