Now that the official website for the freshly announced HTC ‘Vive’ the new SteamVR based virtual reality headset built in partnership with Valve, we can dig a little into the onboard hardware. So far, it doesn’t disappoint.

The HTC Vive VR Headset


HTC ‘Vive’ technical specifications are emerging, and they don’t suck! The new headset specs breakdown as follows:

Dual 1200 x 1080 Panels refreshing at 90Hz that “..that fills your field of vision in all directions”

The Unit includes a Gyrometer, Accelerometer and an intriguing sounding “laser position sensor”, which all work together with “.. a pair of Steam VR base stations” to provide positional and rotational tracking. We’re looking forward to finding out more on the laser position sensor, let’s hope this isn’t marketing buzzwords at work.

On top of all that, it seems the Steam platform will offer a pair of standard, wireless controllers built for VR: “Ergonomic VR game controllers in each hand allow you to use virtual objects and interact with the virtual world. The position of each controller is tracked in space, allowing developers to simulate a wide range of activities and interactions.”


The unit also includes an onboard headphone jack for users to enjoy audio via their headphones of choice.

Whether these specifications will be the same for both the eventual consumer release and the Developer edition (due to be launched in Spring this year) is as yet unclear. HTC have stated that the consumer release will happen by the end of the year.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Raiizn

    Heads up to the writers, you might want to rephrase the last sentence. It looks a little ungrammatical.

    • Raiizn

      Oh, and feel free to remove this comment chain if you fix it.