HTC Vive is an upcoming virtual reality head-mounted display being developed in co-production between HTC and Valve Corporation. Unveiled during HTC’s Mobile World Congress keynote in March 2015, it is designed for use with Valve’s virtual reality platform, OpenVR.
Prototypes of a Valve-produced virtual reality system were demonstrated during 2014. On February 23, 2015, Valve announced that it would demonstrate a “SteamVR hardware system” at the 2015 Game Developers Conference. HTC officially unveiled its device, Vive, during its Mobile World Congress keynote on March 1, 2015. Subsequent updates on Steam have indicated a potential release date of April 2016. Preorders will start February 29th 2016. Valve and HTC have since announced that the headset will be free for selected developers.
At Consumer Electronics Show 2016, HTC and Valve unveiled a near-final hardware revision of the device, known as HTC Vive Pre.
SteamVR will offer native support for Unity on its platform.
Vive’s headset was developed in conjunction with Valve, creators of such ground-breaking games as Portal and Half-Life. HTC manufactures some of the finest consumer electronics on the planet and Valve is an unrivaled architect of virtual worlds, so you know the collaboration is something special. Vive is powered by SteamVR so plenty of games that take advantage of its capabilities will soon be available on the Steam service.
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