Yet another high-end virtual reality headset is going up for sale in the very near future.
The HTC Vive — a collaboration between Taiwanese hardware company HTC and American gaming company Valve Software — is the latest headset to get a release date: pre-orders start on February 29, according to a report in The Telegraph.
Like the Oculus Rift from Facebook-owned Oculus VR, the HTC Vive requires a powerful PC to run its virtual reality applications. Users plug the headset into a Windows computer, load up a game or experience, and virtually visit whatever they see.
When HTC Vive pre-orders start arriving at homes in April, buyers can expect to get not just the headset, but also the Lighthouse tracking system and a set of motion controllers. This is the whole package:
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There's no given price just yet, but Facebook's Oculus Rift headset carries a price tag of $600, comes with no motion controllers, and is being sold "at cost." We'd guess that the HTC Vive costs in the neighborhood of $800, but consider that little more than an educated guess for the time being — we'll need to see where HTC sets the price when pre-orders open in late February.
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The company was in Las Vegas last week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show showing off the latest prototype — Business Insider's Steven Tweedie wrote about his experience using the headset right here. Though HTC is traditionally known for making phones like the HTC One, CEO Cher Wang says VR is the next major frontier for her company — Wang told The Telegraph, "Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important."