Just hours ago, HTC Corporation announced they are working together with Valve on new Virtual Reality (VR) hardware technology, with plans to release a fully-featured headset.
The headset, dubbed the ‘HTC Re Vive‘ was announced by Jeff Gattis, executive director for HTC Global Marketing during HTC’s ‘Utopia in Progress’ presentation at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona.
The Vive headset will apparently include over 70 sensors, a 90Hz refresh rate, and full 360 degree room tracking, which will essentially allow users to walk around in a room without getting motion sickness. The product should be available sometime in 2015. Jeff Gattis also hinted at Valve’s controller, but mentioned nothing of the specs.
HTC dropped the bombshell during their presentation showing off their upcoming products, which you can listen to in the video below:
For anyone who is not familiar with HTC, they are a hardware manufacturer that sells mobile devices holding around 3% of the global marketshare.
Going back to Valve, the development of ‘SteamVR’ software technology has been speculated for some time now, however for the most part it has often been overlooked in the shadows of their other hardware announcements so releasing such a device may finally get VR on the move in the PC Gaming space.
What are your thoughts? Is Valve getting in over their heads with VR tech? Is Valve pushing the envelope in regards to VR tech? Comment below.