HTC Vive

*Updated 29th of September, 2017 to reflect price drop in Australia*

VR Device: HTC Vive
Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Platform: SteamVR

HTC Vive Specifications

Display Type: OLED
Resolution: 2160 x 1200
Refresh Rate: 90Hz
Field of View: 110 Degrees
Tracking Area: 15 x 15 Feet
Sensors: Gyroscope, Front-Facing Camera, Accelerometer and a Laser Position Sensor
Connection Types: HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0

HTC Vive Prices

HTC Vive Minimum System Requirements
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 /Radeon R9 290 equivalent or greater
Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or greater
4GB of RAM
HDMI 1.3 video output
1x USB 2.0 port

If you are unsure if your current system meets these requirements, Steam have a tool you can use to check your system.
Use it here.

Upcoming HTC Vive Compatible VR Games 2017

  1. Fallout 4 – TBA 2017
  2. Star Trek Bridge Crew – TBA 2017
  3. Front Defence – TBA 2017
  4. Eagle Fight – TBA 2017
  5. Narcosis – TBA 2017
  6. Skyworld – TBA 2017
  7. Essence – TBA 2017
  8. Budget Cuts – TBA 2017

2017 HTC Vive VR Review

While the concept of virtual reality is far from new, we’re finally beginning to unlock the potential. In the past year and change, several new VR headsets have made their way to market. The HTC Vive provides the most immersive and exciting experience of all.

From the moment you unbox the HTC Vive, it’s clear this thing means business. The headset is clad in a mean matte black and loaded with indented sensors that help track the user within the virtual world. One thing you notice immediately as compared to other headsets is a camera. The camera provides an additional level of tracking within the virtual space. If you’ve looked into other VR headsets, you’ve noticed this feature is exclusive to the Vive.

When it comes to comfort, the Vive performs well. Comfortable foam lines the area where your face makes contact with the headset. The rear head strap helps to distribute the weight of the unit evenly. Dialing in a custom fit is easy. The straps are all completely adjustable, as is the distance between your eyes. Different sets of padding are included depending on your face shape. – Read article

HTC Vive VR wins Headset of the Year @ Trusted Reviews Awards 2016

The team over at Trusted Reviews have awarded the HTC Vive the VR Headset of the year for 2016. – Read article

HTC launching VR game and app studio

Vive Studios, is HTC’s new VR Game and app studio developing division with its first title, Arcade Saga, released recently onto the Steam Store as well as HTC’s own store, Viveport. HTC is heavily invested in the virtual reality market with their Vive VR headset in internet cafes and entertainment centers and now helping get more VR content out to consumers. Vive Studios is also not just focusing on the games aspect of VR, but also other areas such as education, sports, cinematic, design, real estate, and social applications.

HTC has enjoyed success in the VR market, on the 23rd of November this year they announced that the HTC Vive had exceeded 140,000 units and were all sold at a profit. – Read article

Buying an HTC Vive in Australia

So you’re wanting to buy an HTC Vive, arguably the best of the VR device out currently.- Read article

VR buyer’s guide for parents

If your kids don’t own a console and/or prefer to do their gaming on a PC, your options are the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. The Vive retails for a whopping $799USD and the Rift sells for $599USD. These are the current flagship devices and will offer the most realistic VR experience with lots of content available on the Steam store. There are a lot of cheap VR games available from Indie studios on the Steam store so keep an eye out for those. Also another thing to keep in mind is that there is a lot of adult only content available that is compatible with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift so as such the manufacturers have listed the devices as ages 13+. – Read article