HTC and Valve on Sunday jointly revealed that they are set to launch the awaited HTC Vive on February 29. The VR headset will go on sale with a price tag of $799.
At a conference ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, HTC announced its new Vive virtual reality system that includes the consumer edition of the VR headset that the company unveiled last year. “Ever since the first day HTC Vive was announced, we knew that it would be widely applied beyond the gaming and entertainment industries,” said Jack Tong, North Asia President, HTC, in a statement.
“HTC Vive now applies across a wide spectrum of sectors, such as healthcare, education, retail and automotive with this disruptive innovation, demonstrating the potential of a world without limit.”
The HTC Vive consumer edition features haptic feedback support and comes bundled with dual-stage triggers and a front-facing camera sensor. It also has a redesigned head strap and an improved visual system to enhance your VR experience.
To bring a content option handy for the users, HTC has partnered with publishers like Owlchemy Labs and Northway Games. While Owlchemy Labs will create a special version of its Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives for the Vive headset, Northway Games will develop Fantastic Contraption in collaboration with Radial Games to deliver you an all-new world of virtuality.
“Since announcing Vive this time last year, we have worked tirelessly with Valve to deliver the best VR experience on the market, winning multiple awards and receiving critical acclaim from media, consumers and the industry,” HTC’s chairwoman and CEO Cher Wang said in a statement.
HTC is additionally working with third-party developers to bring content from multiple sectors like entertainment, education and healthcare among others.
“With the Vive consumer edition we are now able to realize our ultimate vision; bringing Vive into homes around the globe so that people can experience immersive virtual reality in a way that fires the imagination and truly changes the world.” Wang added.
The HTC Vive consumer edition will be initially available for purchase in 24 countries, including the US, Canada, UK and Australia but excluding India. The company is set for its pre-order fulfilment and commercial availability starting early April.
Here’s HTC Vive consumer edition video promo:
HTC might have different goals and targets, but the price and the availability schedule of the Vive headset make it a close competitor against Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift. It’s certainly expensive if you compare with the Samsung Gear VR. However, it would have some exclusive content to reach new audiences in the emerging world of VR.