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Cher Wang – HTC’s Chief Executive Officer  
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Gabe Logan Newell – Valve’s Managing Director of Video Games Development and Digital Distribution
Gabe Logan Newell – Valve’s Chief Executive Officer
Claude Zellweger – HTC’s Head of Design  
Claude Zellweger – HTC’s Head of Design  

Revision as of 11:52, 1 August 2016

HTC Vive
Category VR device
Developer HTC Corporation, Valve Corporation
Announced 1st March, 2015[1]
Released Developers: 2014[2]
Consumers: 5th April, 2016[3]
Price 800 USD<[4] (2016)
Operating system Windows, Linux, OS X
Display OLED
Field of View 110°
Resolution 2160x1200 pixels
Weight 555 g[5]
Controls inertial, hand controllers, Lighthouse base stations, position tracking
Not Standalone
http://www.htcvr.com/ https://steamcommunity.com/steamvr

The HTC Vive is a virtual reality device, which was developed by HTC and Valve. It is a wearable device and belongs to the head mounted displays' category. It was shipped as the first device which allows to act and physically move in virtual reality.[6] The interaction with virtual reality is enabled by the headset, controllers and base station sensors. The whole system has to be linked with an appropriate computer.[7] The safety of users is secured by Chaperone system. It allows displaying a real surrounding when needed and warn users if they approach close to an obstacle.[8]

The HTC Vive was primarily created as an entertainment device, but it has also ambition to educate and enhance abilities of its users.[6] The use of HTC Vive in business[9] or therapy[10] was taken into account at present. There are also great expectations that virtual reality devices as the HTC Vive could bring a new approach to the visualisation of scientific models.[11] The wide range of its usage mirrors the further partners of the project which are e.g. Google, Lionsgate, HBO[7] or BMW[9].

Main Characteristics

The HTC Vive's package consists of a head mounted display two controllers, two base station sensors, ear buds and copies of the video games Fantastic Contraption, Job Simulator and 3D painting tool Tilt Brush.[4]

The price of the device is 800 USD. In many cases it also requires further investments into user’s computer, since the recommended specification of the system is considerably demanding.[4] Namely:

  • Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
  • 4GB or more
  • HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • 1x USB 2.0 or better port
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer [12]


Company & People

Peter Chou – former HTC’s Chief Executive Officer who started the project, retired [13]

Cher Wang – HTC’s Chief Executive Officer

Gabe Logan Newell – Valve’s Chief Executive Officer

Claude Zellweger – HTC’s Head of Design

Chet Faliszek – Valve’s Writer and the Key Virtual Reality Evangelist and the Developer Relations Liaison of the HTC Vive [14]

Dan O'Brien – HTC's Vice-president of Virtual Reality, Planning and Management

Phil Chen – HTC’s Chief Content Officer and Founder of the HTC Vive

Joel Breton – HTC's Vice-president of Virtual Reality Content Development

Important Dates

HTC announced that pre-orders for the device will be available starting 29 February 2016.[1]

Enhancement, Terapy and Treatment

Health Risks

Ethical Issues

Public & Media Impact and Presentation

Public Policy

Realated Technologies, Projects or Scientific Research




  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/12092607/HTC-Vive-pre-orders-to-start-on-February-29.html (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  2. https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/18/htc-vive-an-oral-history/ (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  3. https://techcrunch.com/2016/02/29/the-htc-vive-ships-april-5-pre-orders-open-now/ (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://www.techradar.com/reviews/wearables/htc-vive-1286775/review. (Retrieved August 1, 2016) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "techradar review" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "techradar review" defined multiple times with different content
  5. http://www.techradar.com/news/wearables/htc-vive-vs-oculus-rift-1301375 (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.tomsguide.com/us/htc-vive,review-3513.html (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://www.wareable.com/vr/htc-vive-vr-headset-release-date-price-specs-7929 (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  8. https://www.engadget.com/2016/01/05/htc-vive-virtual-reality-chaperone/ (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/pc/bmw-straps-on-the-htc-vive-to-speed-up-car-development-1318543 (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  10. https://www.engadget.com/2016/04/28/a-virtual-reality-game-thats-good-for-you-and-scientist-approve/
  11. http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i14/chemists-tilt-heads-virtual-reality.html (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  12. http://www.htcvive.com/eu/support/faqs/GUID-ABA623FC-B51F-43F7-B2B5-D4C83A37C992.html (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  13. http://www.cnet.com/news/former-htc-ceo-peter-chou-retires/ (Retrieved August 1, 2016)
  14. http://voicesofvr.com/335-valves-chet-faliszek-on-vive-launch-title-highlights/ (Retrieved August 1, 2016)