HTC Vive

  • HTC has a strange little bundle deal going for its pricey Vive VR headset

    HTC has a strange little bundle deal going for its pricey Vive VR headset

    Virtual reality really isn’t good enough yet to justify going broke for. Though VR headset prices are steadily coming down, the fact is it’s still not all that accessible for even the most gadget-obsessed consumers to get started on high-quality VR. Today, HTC, which makes the popular Vive headset, announced a few deals that will help new customers spread out the cost of the… Read More

  • The reality of VR/AR growth Crunch Network

    The reality of VR/AR growth

    “VR will be big, AR will be bigger and take longer.” What sounded revolutionary when we first said it two years ago has become accepted wisdom. But now the market has actually launched, and we’ve got 12 months of real-world performance and major tech players’ strategies emerging. And that’s changed our views on VR/AR growth. A lot. Read More

  • HTC brings integrated audio to its Vive VR headset with a new accessory

    HTC brings integrated audio to its Vive VR headset with a new accessory

    When the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive launched there were a number of things debated in terms of finding superiority on one system or another, but pretty much everyone was a fan of the integrated headphones on the Rift. While Vive users have been stuck using their own headphones and have been left tangled up in cords, at CES, HTC showed off a new device called the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap that… Read More

  • The reality of VR/AR trial Crunch Network

    The reality of VR/AR trial

    If you haven’t heard about VR/AR by now, your desert island must not have Wi-Fi. But there are millions of folks who know about VR/AR who haven’t seen it yet. User trial is on the critical path for VR/AR to go mass market. So what are the lessons from previous digital platforms about moving mass consumers from awareness to trial? Read More

  • This guy combined an iPhone and an HTC Vive to make a virtual camera (sort of like the ones used for Avatar and Inside Out)

    This guy combined an iPhone and an HTC Vive to make a virtual camera (sort of like the ones used for Avatar and Inside Out)

    When a movie is more CG than it is real — think movies like Avatar or any of Pixar’s stuff, where all or nearly all of the environment is rendered — a new challenge appears: the camera. Getting a fake camera (like the one in a rendering program) to move and behave like a real camera (like the one that the camera guy is traditionally holding) can be a pain. Testing a scene from… Read More

  • Rivvr brings wireless VR to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

    Rivvr brings wireless VR to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

    Wires don’t really exist in anyone’s conception of the future. Often they’re just needed for powering devices, but in the case of high-quality VR, the headsets rely on wires to connect to high-end PCs that provide the brains. Rivvr is looking to cut the cords with its hardware solution that will provide wireless play to both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. I had a chance to take… Read More

  • New HTC Vive headsets with enhanced ‘design factor, performance’ are on the way

    New HTC Vive headsets with enhanced ‘design factor, performance’ are on the way

    Update 9:21PM PT: An HTC spokesperson has reached out to TechCrunch specifying that “any Vive hardware upgrades at arcades are related to the current business edition Vive hardware or innovations on peripherals that could create unique experiences for arcade installations.”  Though the HTC Vive has only been on sale for a few months, the company may be gearing up to show off… Read More

  • VR battle royale: PS VR vs. HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift

    VR battle royale: PS VR vs. HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift

    I’ve spent quite a bit of the last few months with headsets strapped to my face. Whether that has enriched my life significantly or left it in shambles I cannot say, but I will report that the games are at least starting to get really fun and the video content is only getting better. The PlayStation VR launched today, and with that there are about three great options for consumers… Read More

  • Escaping the trough of disillusionment for virtual and augmented reality Crunch Network

    Escaping the trough of disillusionment for virtual and augmented reality

    The desire for virtual reality is no new revelation. Since the renaissance artists have played with panoramas, depth, and other tools of perception to create illusions that are virtually or “almost” real. 21st-century virtual reality (with “virtual” now meaning software-rendered) is also a well-trod idea within the still nascent history of computing technology. VR has… Read More

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