HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation, released on 5 April 2016.
HTC Vive and Oculus remain at the forefront of PC-based virtual reality. When first released, their headsets, the Rift and Vive, had some stark differences. The consumer model of the HTC Vive headset will sport a 2160x1200px display, which when split across two eyes equates to 1080x1200px for each eye. This should provide gamers with a fantastically detailed environment to interact with – plus, it beats PlayStation VR’s 960x1080px offering.
Features of HTC Vive
Let’s be honest, neither the Rift or Vive is going to win any fashion awards. Both are bulky, yet lightweight devices you strap to the front of your head like a wearable brick, which then allow you an unobstructed view into the world of virtual reality.The Rift, on the other hand, showcases a sleeker, fabric coated exterior design and smaller footprint.
As important as the headset is to your virtual experience though, the way you interact with it is equally so. The Rift and the Vive both utilize custom, motion tracked controllers known as Oculus Touch and Vive Controllers, respectively. Two “lighthouse” sensors track the controllers and headset.
Display and tracking
The Rift and Vive both come outfitted with vibrant OLED displays, each of which offers 1,080 x 1,200-pixel resolution for each eye.Virtual reality headsets are only as good as the display they utilize.
Performance and requirements
That said, there are some differences between the two offerings from the industry’s biggest players. When it comes to minimum requirements, Oculus has the lowest, but there is a caveat. This is great for comfort, but if you want the full experience, you need similar hardware to that recommended for the Vive.
The Rift store has a decent library of titles, though the total is noticeably less than that of the Vive’s catalog. HTC’s Vive, meanwhile, is designed to primarily work with Valve’s Steam platform, though HTC recently introduced a more Oculus Home-like experience called Viveport.