HTC Vive VR Developer Units Start Shipping

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HTC has begun shipping out the first set of Vive Developer units to select video game developers and movie studios. Vive is a full Virtual Reality headset intended for integration with PCs. The Vive unit was developed by HTC in partnership with Valve and was announced back at MWC along with the HTC One M9. The Vive developer edition box contains a headset, two Lighthouse base stations for tracking, two wireless controllers, and a set of cables to get setup. Valve released a statement detailing where the first units are headed:

This week, we have started shipping the Vive Developer Editions. This first wave includes a wide range of developers from major movie studios, triple A developers, to small indie teams working on their first title. We will continue to ship to additional developers through the spring and summer.

When HTC and Valve announced the Vive project they mentioned that their hope was to offer a 360 degree VR experience, something that would distinguish the product from other VR sets on the market. Virtual reality is becoming an increasingly popular space among smartphone manufacturers, with Samsung also releasing Gear VR Innovator editions for the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6. The tech is still in its infancy, but it is really really cool to actually strap one of these to your head.

I was blown away when I first tried the Gear VR and I’m definitely looking forward to what HTC and Vive eventually bring to the consumer market. As more VR games and movies become available the platform should really take off.  It is possible that the Vive could be one of the “hero products” Cher Wang referenced in her comments to investors, we should see it later this year in any case. Who else has tried a VR headset? Are you excited about more options coming to market in this product category?

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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