HTC Vive Pre-Orders Available On February 29

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Jan 12, 2016

The HTC Vive will be finally available for pre-order on February 29, as announced by Chief Executive Officer Cher Wang to the Telegraph.

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According to Wang, HTC has chosen to focus more on virtual reality than smartphones.

Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important.

As we all know, the HTC Vive has been co-produced by Valve as part of the SteamVR project. The headset was recently redesigned in order to be more comfortable; a front-facing camera was also added, which will enable the wearer to see the real world around him/her.

This isn’t available in either Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR and might very well be a significant difference, especially in those cases where the wearer is feeling uncomfortable in the virtual world and needs to go back to the real one for a bit. With the HTC Vive, this will be possible without removing the headset.

There’s still no indication on the price but we can expect to learn about it when the pre-order page goes live, just like with the Oculus Rift. As for the wider commercial release, Wang mentioned April.

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So far, only Elite: Dangerous announced official SteamVR support, though Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 has fully integrated SteamVR support. With the plethora of UE4 games on the way, the games lineup should expand rather quickly.