The HTC Vive is powered by Valve’s Steam VR and is already gaining a reputation of being the VR headset to beat. In terms of specs, i.e, display type and resolution, refresh rate, field of view, etc, the HTC Vive is pretty much the same as its main PC powered rival, the Oculus Rift. Playstation VR is the third big name that will be challenging the other two in 2016 and beyond.
Playstation VR runs off a PS4 console, but to experience the full VR experience of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift you’ll need a pimped out PC.
Recommended HTC Vive PC specs..
• OS: Windows 7 SP1 (or higher)
• RAM: 4GB
• Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 (equivalent or higher)
• Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 (equivalent or higher)
• Video Output: HDMI 1.4 / DisplayPort 1.2 (or higher)
• USB Port: 1 x USB 2.0 or USB 3.0
Yesterday, htcvive.com updated their product page to give us a glimpse of the first Vive-ready PCs, made by HP, Alienware and MSI. Apparently PC/Vive bundles are inbound and as the pre-orders for the headset open in 7 days it shouldn’t be long before we hear more about the bundles.
One thing’s for sure, The Vive ain’t cheap.. If your PC doesn’t have the muscle to run it you’re looking at $2,000 + if you want one to land on your head. The cheapest Ailenware Area 51 that’s listed is $1,599.99, the cheapest HP ENVY Phoenix is $1699.99 and the MSI prices aren’t listed yet. If you add the $799 HTC Vive with the cheapest Ailenware Area 51 it comes to $2,398.99.
Hopefully the upcoming bundles will knock some hundreds of the price!
The other major player, the Oculus Rift can be picked up for $1,548 bundled with the ASUS G11CD, so that’s quite a major price difference. The HTC Vive makes up some of the $800 or so difference by shipping with two SteamVR controllers, whereas the Oculus only has an Xbox One controller included in the price, as the their Touch controllers still aren’t ready for consumers.
I know which virtual reality system I’ll be getting……. Playstation VR.. It’s a bit of a no-brainer as I already own a PS4 and I can save myself 1k or so and go on a skiing holiday..