Today in Barcelona, the CEO of HTC revealed that the company is partnering with Valve to develop the headset. Valve’s virtual reality headset is called ‘Vive’. This VR device is being made by HTC. Watch the announcement trailer below.
“We believe that virtual reality will totally transform the way that we interact with the world,” Chou said, according to The Verge. “Virtual reality will become a mainstream technology for the rest of the world. Attending real-time concerts, learning history, reliving memories.”
The device has a 1200 x 1800 pixel screen in front of each eye with rates of 90 fps.
“The Vive headset was developed in conjunction with Valve, creators of such ground-breaking games as Portal and Half-Life,” HTC said in a statement on the device’s website. “HTC manufactures some of the finest consumer electronics on the planet and Valve is an unrivaled architect of virtual worlds, so you know the collaboration is something special. Vive is powered by Valve’s SteamVR so plenty of games that take advantage of its capabilities will soon be available on the Steam service.”
This VR-HEadset can track the rotation of your head and allowing users to look around the virtual environment naturally this because of a gyrosensor, an accelerometer, and a laser position sensor. If user also couple the VR with a pair of SteamVR “base stations” in spaces up to 15 feet by 15 feet, the device will be able to track your movement as you walk around the room.
In addition to that the companies announced that the Vive headset will also use a game controller. Players will hold an “Ergonomic VR game controller” in each hand in order to interact with the virtual world. The position of each controller will also be tracked.
The Vive will be so light “you can wear it for a long time without feeling weighed down,” according to Jeff Gattis of HTC.
HTC launched this website today, offering more information on the product.
The VR headset will release this year.