HTC Vive Now Pre-Order Available Soon – VR Content System Checker From Valve
HTC Vive, the upcoming virtual reality headset, is now available for pre-order. According to reports, the device will start being shipping out on April 5, 2016 in the US, just about a week after the consumer version of the Oculus Rift is released (March 28, 2016).
The pre-order can already be placed via the HTC website today for shipment to the US and other 23 countries. The package comes with the headset, two “Lighthouse” laser tracking sensors, a pair of controllers and it costs 799 dollars. In addition, the bundle also includes a trio of “quick-and-fun” games such as Fantastic Contraption, Tilt Brush and Job Simulator (for as long as the supplies last). These games will show off some of the flexibility that the Vive’s room scale-tracking and motion-tracking that the device is offering.
Currently, the ones who had the chance to test Vive out said that they’ve been impressed with what they’ve seen. It seems that the device is offering a richer out-of-the-box experience than the Oculus Rift and this is thanks to the wireless motion controllers, which allow you to move your virtual hands with ease.
We remind you that Oculus Rift costs 599 dollars and includes an Xbox controller as its primary input device. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t announced a ship date for touch wireless motion controllers that the Oculus Rift will support.
However, keep in mind that you will need a decent PC gaming in order to power the HTC Vive. The company recommends you to have a computer with at least an AMD Radeon R9 290 or Nvidia GTX 970 graphics card. In addition, Valve has released a little system checker that will allow you to see how well your computer will be able to run VR content, so just install “SteamVR Performance Test”.
HTC has confirmed that they will most likely follow Oculus’s move and start selling computers that will be VR-ready, which will also be bundled along with their headset, but we’re not sure when this will happen.