HTC Delivers a (Virtual) Reality Check at MWC

HTC and Valve are generating big buzz in Barcelona this week in response to their unveiling of the consumer edition of the Vive virtual reality system. The ready-to-launch Vive is being dished up with refreshed branding and an updated headstrap, as the Vive consumer edition,...

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htcHTC and Valve are generating big buzz in Barcelona this week in response to their unveiling of the consumer edition of the Vive virtual reality system.

The ready-to-launch Vive is being dished up with refreshed branding and an updated headstrap, as the Vive consumer edition, we’re told, “builds upon the innovative features that were introduced into the Vive Pre.”

According to VRJournal, HTC told members of the media at MWC that the tweaked and bolstered attributes “include wireless controllers with haptic feedback and dual stage triggers, a front facing camera (that blends physical elements into the virtual world), a redesigned headstrap for greater stability, and balance and an improved visual system with brighter displays “to give a deeper sense of immersion.”

Jack Tong, North Asia President at HTC, says the new and improved Vive could have far-reaching impact across numerous industries as the headset is poised to prove more than just a toy for avid gamers and casual VR enthusiasts.

The price? $799. HTC says the Vive consumer edition will be available to pre-order starting February 29th. Devices will ship in early April.

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