As we reported last week, the HTC Vive Consumer Edition VR headset bundle went live with pre-orders on February 29th, 2016. One concern that some people has with the possible success of this headset was the pricing, with the pre-order package coming in at $799, which is $200 more than the Oculus Rift.
HTC has shipped out two developer kits for their upcoming Vive VR headset that they have been developing since last year with Valve. Well it looks like consumers will finally be able to get their hands on their own headset soon as both companies have revealed the Consumer Edition of the HTC Vive. On top of that, pre-orders will be going live in just over 6 days.
Well things with HTC have gotten a bit more interesting as of today regarding their consideration about opening a spin-off company for their Virtual Reality products. The statement released by HTC is pretty short and to the point, pointing out a few things while stating that the reports coming out of Taiwan were incorrect.
Interesting news today coming out of Taiwan in regards to HTC and their Virtual Reality efforts. It appears that the company will be starting up a spin-off company of sorts to focus on Virtual Reality related products that HTC chair Cher Wang and HTC would own, even though it would run as a separate entity.
Yesterday we mentioned that the pre-order date for HTC’s Virtual Reality headset called the Vive was revealed in an interview, with the date being February 29th. This puts shipping of the headset probably in April, which is what HTC said it was aiming for. We got to spend plenty of time with both the THC Vive and the Oculus Rift last week at CES 2016, and we have plenty of impressions to go over regarding both in another article this week. However, if today’s news is correct, the HTC Vive may have just received a big red mark against it.
One of the more anticipated Virtual Reality headsets heading our way is the HTC Vive. Following the example that Oculus Rift has done, HTC has announced when pre-orders will be going live, but haven’t announced what the price will be for said pre-orders.
Back in March 2015 we reported on a VR game heading to the HTC Vive called The Gallery: Six Elements. This game is currently being developed by Cloudhead Games who today announced that their new Blink Locomotion Technology will be debuting in another virtual reality game in The Gallery franchise once it is released.
It seems like celebrities are still making their way into games these days with the recent announcement of Nicki Minaj and Jason Statham to get their own games from Glu mobile. However the latest announcement is for Keanu Reeves and his rather popular movie John Wick which will be getting its own virtual reality game early next year. A teaser version of the John Wick game will be available much sooner though, coming out when the HTC Vive launches.
Arizona Sunshine is a new “room-scale” zombie shooter slated for release later this year for HTC upcoming VR hearset called Vive. This game is being made specifically for Virtual Reality gaming, which is why it is being labeled as room-scale, because it will take full advantage of the 15 ft. by 15 ft tracking space.
The HTC Vive is quickly become a major contender in the Virtual Reality headset space and it hasn’t even been released yet. With a partnership between Valve and HTC, the HTC Vive headset already has some great hardware and software being developed as well as third-party companies building sensors and other goodies for it. Today one more company has announced support for the HTC Vive, which will definitely lend some extra power to the gaming aspect for the HTC Vivie.