HTC has revealed the second generation of its Vive virtual reality system at CES 2016 in partnership with gaming company Valve.
We’ve predicted that 2016 will be the year of virtual reality, and it would seem 2016 is off to a good start: HTC have unveiled the second generation of their Vive VR headset at CES 2016.
The wearable, which is being produced in collaboration with gaming company Valve, is officially named the Pre Vive.
The new headset includes a much more streamlined design with less prominent sensors, and incorporates a new front-facing camera which could be used to integrate virtual and physical reality not unlike how Augmented Reality (AR) functions.
The Vive Pre is further posited to be more comfortable than its predecessor, and will feature update controllers with softer edges and grip pads. Additionally, each controller will arrive with a new “dual stage” trigger which HTC claims will provide smoother interactions with objects.
HTC has labelled its latest VR headset as a “second generation developer edition”, meaning that this device is not the consumer edition which will eventually hit shelves. The headset will be further optimised to work with Steam, Valve’s gaming platform.
What are your thoughts? Which VR headset would you be most interested in buying between PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and now HTC’s headset? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!