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Move over, Oculus: HTC announces SteamVR-powered Vive VR headset

Brad Chacos | March 2, 2015
HTC's Vive VR headset is powered by one of the biggest names in PC gaming: Valve.

HTC's vision for the Vive goes beyond mere gaming. Much like Samsung has done with the Gear VR, HTC's focusing on bringing movies and other virtual reality media experiences to the Vive. Gattis name-dropped HBO, Lionsgate Entertainment, and Google as three early partners.

How much will the HTC Vive cost? Will it require a HTC phone for use as a power source and display, a la the Gear VR's Galaxy Note dependence? Those key questions remain unanswered, alas. But we'll know soon: HTC says a Vive Developer Edition will launch this spring, and a full consumer release is slated before the end of the year.

Oculus might really want to consider pushing the final consumer edition of the Rift headset out the door sooner rather than later.

 

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