This year looks to be all about Virtual Reality. The Oculus Rift is set to launch at the end of March and ow HTC have announced the launch details of their Vive Consumer Edition virtual reality bundle.
Unfortunately, early adopters may suffer from some sticker shock, as the pricing comes in at $799, $200 more than the Oculus Rift. There is some justification with this though, you get a pair of specially-designed wireless controllers and a pair of sensors capable of tracking the player’s movement throughout a room.
The device also comes with a pair of fully-fledged VR experiences, or games to you and me. You get Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator, which takes the form of a humorous future history exhibit where all forms of work have been taken over by robots; and Nortway Games’ and Radial Games Fantastic Contraption, a build-it-yourself sandbox controlled via the motion-sensitive pads.
The recommended minimum spec for the Vive isn’t too excessive, you either need an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card. There will be bundles with PC and graphics card partners, which should save buyers some money when getting a new computer along with the Vive, but HTC and Valve aren’t announcing those just yet.
HTC is to open pre-orders for the Vive bundle on Monday the 29th of February at 1500 GMT.