MWC 2015: HTC and Valve launch VR headset

HTV Vive developer edition to launch this spring and consumer edition by the end of 2015

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MWC 2015: HTC and Valve launch VR headset Wang: "It's rare that a company has an opportunity to forever transform the ways in which people interact with the world".
By  Helen Gaskell Published  March 2, 2015

HTC has today announced a partnership with video game company, Valve and has debuted the HTC Vive virtual reality headset.

The headset,which combines Valve's Steam VR tracking and input technologies with HTC's design and engineering skills introduces a full room scale 360 degree solution with tracked controllers, which lets gamers get up, walk around and explore their virtual space, inspect objects from every angle and interact fully with their surroundings. The headset features high quality graphics, 90 frames per second video and "incredible audio fidelity."

Cher Wang, chairwoman of HTC commented, "It's rare that a company has an opportunity to forever transform the ways in which people interact with the world and communicate with each other but that is exactly what we plan to do with Valve."

"We achieved this once before with our development of smartphone technology" Peter Chou, CEO of HTC added, "And, through our partnership with Valve, we'll now be doing this for a second time with VR technology of which consumers could only previously dream."

HTC Vive developer edition will be launched this spring, with the consumer edition available by the end of 2015.

According to HTC, beta versions of the Vive Developer Edition have already generated rich entertainment content from some of the world's top game developers including Vertigo Games, Bossa, Barry -Fireproof, Dovetail Games, Wemo Labs, Google, Steel Wool Games and Owlchemy.

"Our collaboration with HTC is driven by the companies' shared desire to produce the most compelling and complete VR experience," said Ken Birdwell of Valve. "Delivering content creators with the Vive Developer Edition is an incredibly important milestone in our efforts to achieve that goal."

"Vive creates an exciting opportunity for all developers and content creators, to help us bring virtual reality into the mainstream with an end-to-end solution that completely redefines how we entertain ourselves, communicate with each other, learn and, eventually, how we become more productive,"  Wang concluded. "HTC Vive is real, it's here and it'll be ready to go before the start of 2016."

HTC is also introducing new wireless VR controllers, which come in a pair and are designed to be so versatile that they will work with a wide range of VR experiences.

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