HTC Vive Preorders Next Month

The Telegraph quotes HTC boss Cher Wang saying preorders for HTC Vive will begin on February 29th, though a price is not yet being revealed. They also offer a rundown on the latest version of the virtual reality headsets that was shown off at CES 2016:
HTC showcased the second generation developer kit, Vive Pre, at CES in Las Vegas, a signifcant aesthetic departure from the first version which was launched with much fanfare at last year's Mobile World Congress.

The headset has been redesigned to rest more comfortably on the wearer's face, with a smaller cage and more stable head strap. HTC said the new design can be more easily adjusted to users' heads, and can still be worn comfortably by those who wear glasses.

It also contains an integrated front-facing camera, enabling you to see your physical surroundings while wearing the headset. This means you could sit down, eat and continue interacting with others without needing to remove it.
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Kxmode wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 00:07:
For the Rift I would need to upgrade my CPU, video card and mobo; basically a system upgrade. Total cost for me would be around $1,500+. I'm not willing to do that. Vive is kind of my last hope. If the min specs require a system upgrade I'm passing on VR all together.


If the both VR sets have similar resolutions then why should the hardware requirements on the CPU/GPU differ? Or did Vive have a lower fps requirement than rift?

I have a 3 year old rig with 970 from last year an still feel the need to upgrade even for Vive. All depending on Pascal performance when they release it, but the hard fact is that while you probably can play the simple graphics VR demos, getting a nice experience with via VorpX on actual games means your machine ought to pull a decent 75/90 fps at VR resolutions.


And yes the whole VR upgrade will easily be 1500+€ on the VR/GPU alone. no to mention mobo/cpu/ram (i7 seems to be viable these days and SC seems to be "optimized" for it these days. Cannonlake is rumored to have more that 4 cores).

Also would like to just mention that what really annoyed many was in reality the fact that we got sucker punched by the price at the pre-order page when you needed to make a quick decision or see your delivery date slip by months and then many like me just noped out.

Had they given the prices out couple of days in advance people might have gotten over the shock and may have still spammed F5 on pre-sale time.

Vive will probably cost same ballpark or even more. If a lot more and they announce the price before pre-sale, again people can get over the shock, look over their finances and decide if they want to be the early adopters or maybe wait for the next gen. If price for the set is similar to rift people will probably cancel rift order em masse. If lower then everyones happy.

And getting itdepends on the games as well what you going to play. If all you do is play sims where VR is very useful it's probably worth it, but if its just the demos and few simple arcades etc then it's just an expensive novelty item that you will soon put on ebay to get rid off.

Anyhuu, we'll find out 29th of february (had to actually check if we have that this year :D)


InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 02:24:
DangerDog wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 02:21:
I keep reading that HTC is teetering on financial ruin as their cell phone sales have dried up.

I currently own a HTC M8. Best phone Ive ever had.

HTC CEO Cher Wang: "We had to rethink phones as a company. VR is more important."

HTC is currently heavily betting on VR, seems even dropping phones is an option depending on how the near future plays out.


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