HTC VIVE and McLaren release new VR headset

Limited edition headset and VR app is first offering from McLaren HTC VIVE partnership

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HTC VIVE and McLaren release new VR headset Fernando Alonso with the new HTC Vive McLaren headset.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 25, 2018

HTC VIVE and McLaren Racing have released a new limited edition VR headset and a VR app that allows users to become part of a McLaren pit crew.

The VIVE Pro McLaren Limited Edition headset has a unique look-and-feel, with combines Vive Pro's crisp resolution, audio, and ergonomics. The headset is available now with a retail price of AED6,599.

The headset will be paired with the new ‘McLaren Garage VR' experience-a Vive Studio release in cooperation with McLaren-as well as a custom version of ‘RFactor 2' VR racing that was designed to operate without any additional driving accessories.  McLaren Garage VR experience is a multi-player simulation game where players can be part of the McLaren pit crew, learning how to complete tire adjustments just like crews do in a race. The experience includes the ‘Pitstop Challenge', a multiplayer competitive game that allows users to explore McLaren's latest pit garage in room scale, learn to change a car tire, and take other players on a timed tire change challenge. With this partnership, HTC Vive and McLaren are offering customers the most immersive McLaren Racing and track experience from the comfort of their own home through VR.

The headset is the first co-created product to come out of the partnership of HTC Vive and McLaren, announced in May, to develop VR experiences for fans.

"High class single-seat auto racing attracts over 500 million fans globally, and we're excited to partner with McLaren to bring a unique perspective to race fans through VR," said Ramit Harisinghani, Vice President, HTC MEA. "Through our collaboration, we're combining our best-in-class VR headset with their long heritage of racing expertise to create the most immersive experience for fans across the globe. This is a chance for customers to go beyond being a spectator and feel the excitement of being a McLaren driver or pit crew right from their living rooms."

"It's been brilliant to tap into HTC's technology and work together closely to create this top of the range headset and VR experience, so fans can feel like they are in the heart of the action, at a racetrack with the McLaren Racing team," said Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing. "We think this limited edition Vive Pro headset is hugely exciting for both racing and VR fans alike."

"VR is an incredibly exciting technology that brings fans closer to racing than ever before. The realistic experience provided by the VIVE Pro and McLaren headset can be enjoyed by everyone from professional gamers, to people who have never experienced single-seat racing as a sport before," said Lando Norris, McLaren Racing driver.

Along with the release, those purchasing the special edition headset from now until January 2019 will go into a draw to win a coveted Papaya Pass courtesy of McLaren. The unforgettable F1 experience includes VIP Paddock access to an international F1 race as a super-guest, a private garage tour, a personal meeting with McLaren drivers, and more.

The VIVE Pro McLaren Limited Edition headset is available starting now in select Virgin and Axiom stores across UAE, as well as the HTC Vive regional e-commerce store (www.vive.com/mea).

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