Ground Breaking VR Experience
Great strides have been made in the world of virtual reality (VR) but the technology still remains in its early days. People still feel hesitant to embrace VR with open hands. With the now 2 year old HTC Vive VR headset, changes in the quality and functionality of VR have been embraced. This HTC headset is being considered by many to be the best VR experience so far and has the potential to change the opinion of many people. To develop an understanding as to why you should choose the HTC Vive, we’ll discuss its functionality and how it measures up to the competition.
The HTC Vive package comes with 2 controllers, a VR headset, 2 base stations, ear buds, a connectivity hub and cables. The controllers seen on this headset are considered to be highly responsive while the headset itself is capable of one to one movement tracking. This is highly important to ensure that your actions translate naturally in the virtual world. The two base stations that track the user’s movement play key part in tackling the problem of unnatural movements. This also reduces virtual motion sickness issues since the actions performed along with the visuals from the headset do not disorient the mind. Once the headset has been setup, you will be able to benefit from Valve’s (a partner of HTC Vive) Chaperone mode which highlights the movement area with a blue tinge so that you do not move too far out and bump into things. The HTC headset again benefits from the partnership with Valve through access to the SteamVR library. This means that you will have an ever-growing collection of demos and games at your disposal. After highlighting the strengths of this VR headset, let’s discuss how it fares against its competitors in the market.
Comparisons to the competitors
In terms of performance, the HTC Vive is miles ahead competitors such as Oculus Rift and PSVR. Its unparalleled 110 degrees field of view and easy to use controller contribute greatly to its success. Furthermore, Oculus Rift and others use a single point to track movements unlike the 2 base stations of HTC Vive. This can lead a poor VR experience at times, leading to issues like dizziness and nausea. The area where the competitors hold the edge over Vive headset is the pricing and other costs. Despite the cost drops, the Vive headset still costs around 100$ more than the Oculus Rift. Add in the fact that you need a high end system to run the headset smoothly, your expenditure can rise very quickly. That being said, if you are looking for performance, the HTC Vive headset is the best option in the market.
When it comes to tracking, the HTC Vive is the industry leader in allowing you to move freely while tracking accurately. The Vive utilizes lighthouse trackers that can accommodate tracking for a 15 ft x 15 ft area. To understand how HTC Tracking works in more detail, visit this article by Gizmodo.
The future of the headset looks bright as ever. The technology is relatively new which can explain the current price tags on the products. The adaptation of virtual reality to serve more practical uses besides gaming may establish the VR headset as a common household item. For example, the possibility of integrating new features such as meeting a friend in a VR environment would prove revolutionary to the social world. As the technology continues to become more economically viable, we can expect to see a lot of this headset in the near future!
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