HTC Vive Developer Editions Are Now Shipping

Virtual reality is the latest tech craze that the technology industry seems to be adopting. You can see this as many of the biggest technology and gaming companies have taken the dive into virtual reality, even Facebook. One of those companies is the android manufacturer, HTC. Up until now though, people weren't actually able to get their hands on one of HTCs virtual reality headsets. Now, as announced via Steam, HTC has begun shipping their virtual reality headsets out to developers who pre-ordered them.

If you head over to the Steam website you can see in the announcements tab that they have announced the first wave of HTC virtual reality headsets are now shipping. Some of you may be asking what Steam has to do with HTCs virtual reality headset and why this announcement happened on Steam's website. Well, the HTC Vive, HTCs virtual reality headset, was created in partnership with Valve who owns Steam. The reason this was done is because Steam is a platform for gaming content and right now is arguably virtual reality's biggest issue. Virtual reality headsets are getting good, just take a look at look at the latest iteration of an Oculus Rift, the content, unfortunately, just isn't there yet.

Now that the HTV Vive is finally shipping to developers, those who are interested and placed an order for a developer edition will be able to see, what experiences an HTC virtual reality headset can bring. Some of those who have gained early access to the unit, have praised the device for its features and therefore, the expectations are strong for the HTC Vive. What separates the Vive from its competition is its built-in laser tracking technology. What this does, is track even your slightest head movement while you are wearing it so that you will have a much smoother and accurate experience. Developers who pre-ordered an HTC Vive should definitely be on the lookout for any packages in the near future as you might have a unit on the way to you. What you will get in the box is the headset itself, 2 lighthouse base stations, 2 wireless Steam VR controllers, cables, instructions, and 'everything else needed to get started.'

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