In today’s world, there is competition in nearly every industry in the world. However, it always seems as though it is a little more intense and perhaps important when it comes to technology. Considering it is an industry that moves at pace and is constantly changing, manufacturers have a hard job to keep up and produce solid products. Today, we have a product in an industry that is moving faster than the rest – virtual reality (VR).
Found at around $800, the HTC Vive has attracted much interest in recent times and it isn’t hard to see why. Although there are cheaper options in the market, there are very few that are better and it provides great competition for the likes of the Samsung Gear VR as well as the Oculus Rift. As the technology continues to evolve, we are starting to see more games, more demos, and more things to do with a VR device but one day we should see full games, films, TV shows and more so it is an exciting time to be involved in VR technology.
Why choose the HTC Vive? Ultimately, it offers one-to-one movement tracking, very rarely does it drop frames, a 110-degree filled of view, fantastic controllers, natural movement, and superb experiences through SteamVR. With two base stations, your movements are tracked and you can explore every 3D world available at ease.
When you order, you will receive a small hub, two controllers, a cleaning cloth, power cables, chargers, two base stations, and the Vive headset unit. Also, you can receive three games with some packages that allow for an easy introduction into the VR world.
Set Up: At first, it can look a little intimidating but you will be able to roam the whole room when installed correctly. Once you load a game, you will see faint blue walls and this determines your ‘play zone’. As long as you don’t leave this zone, you don’t have to keep lifting the headset to check your position in the room. In terms of the area itself, you can select a maximum of 15 x 15 feet which is significantly larger than the competitors’.
Features: Often, it is the screen that people want to know before purchasing so we should state that the HTC Vive offers a 2160 x 1200 OLED screen running at 90Hz. Compared with the PlayStation VR, this is a little lower but the more powerful GPU seems to make up for this and they both boast supreme picture quality. Also, the 110-degree field of view is one of the largest possible.
Performance: All in all, this VR product is one of the best you will find on the market. Once you choose from the top three or four models, the differences become minute and mostly down to preference. If you are looking for a casual first VR device, the Vive will tick all the boxes you require. As well as no lag, the picture quality is high and you get one-to-one tracking.
Early on, it was normal to suffer with motion sickness and it was easy to put the headset down to never lay hands on it again after a bad experience. However, this has improved and it shouldn’t be a problem anymore. With this and all the other pieces of information in mind, HTC has produced a stunning VR device. Although there are cheaper models, the HTC Vive should still be considered as it offers fantastic games, high-quality pictures, two base stations, and many other powerful tools!