HTC Vive

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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

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[12].

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