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HTC Vive Pre Is HTC’s And Valve’s Answer To Oculus VR

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CES 2016 is like a carnival of flash technical stuff, most of which has been really outstanding this year.

Perhaps the maximum audience was attracted to the Virtual Reality sector at the CES which has been really pronounced this time.

The chief VR contenders are Microsoft with its Hololens, Playstation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC VR.

HTC’s movement into the VR sector however, has not been alone.

The company has been assisted by one of the biggest gaming platforms in the world, Valve, which is often associated with Steam.

Valve and HTC have put together an interesting VR headset, the HTC Vive Pre.

This Vive Pre system was expected to be seen by December 2015, but for reasons undisclosed by both HTC and Valve, the release for the device was pushed back to April of 2016.

HTC and Valve both released pictures of the Vive Pre in the CES 2016.

Experts opine that the device can actually be termed as the third generation of Steam VR.

The headset, which is also often referred to as the HMD or headmounted display, along with the controller and the lighthouse, all look very futuristic.

The device is going to be sold off the shelves around April 2016.

For a company that is based in the eastern part of the world, coming up with such a highly sophisticated device in such a short span of time is a big feat, that must be appreciated.

A huge amount of cooperation was provided by Cher Wang, CEO of HTC, who believes that both Augmented reality and Virtual reality are indeed the future of technology and hence, could prove to be the highest revenue earning sector in the long run.

Hence, he allowed a separate unit within the HTC to be dedicated only to Virtual reality and funded them as much as he could, so that a proper device could be churned out from the assembly lines.

Of course, Valve’s help was indispensable and without them, this breakthrough would not have been possible.

The headset of the HTC Vive Pre is made of memory foam, which causes it to be very light and consequently, very convenient.

What you see inside the virtual reality was earlier surrounded by green lines, but now will be so well blended with the real world that you will not be able to feel an abrupt difference, because a full HD camera records what is around the room.

Even for people who wear glasses, this headset will be convenient. The controllers and the lighthouse units are also convenient to use.

So far, it has been speculated that the device would cost $999, but final pricing in all countries is yet to be disclosed.

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