Updated 14 Feb 2017

HTC

Vive

Snapshot: The HTC Vive is a room-scale, high-VR system that comes with handheld motion sensors. But what’s it like to use?

Vive
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1585

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Test results

Overall score
75
User comfort
?/10
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good user comfort
  • Very good performance
  • OK ease of use
  • HD resolution
  • Has external head and motion tracking
  • Comes with handheld motion controllers

But

  • Requires a high-end PC
  • Heavy headset

How we test

User comfort score (40%) - A judgement after a 10-minute session by our tester, which considers the following aspects of each headset: sizing and adjustments, padding, heat and fogginess, cable management and freedom of movement, and the comfort of any supplied controllers and navigation methods.

Performance (35%) - A judgement by our tester of the following elements: image detail, headset field of view, image focus, image blurring, tracking latency, and overall immersion.

Ease of use (25%) - The process of installing and getting each headset up and running; driver and firmware updates are taken into consideration, in addition to downloading and installing content, such as games and experiences; the control method for each headset is also assessed.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1585
Shipping cost
$0

Specifications

Weight (g)
645
Scope WxH (mm)
192 x 107
Display type
OLED
Resolution
1080 x 1200
Field of view (degrees)
110
Refresh rate
90
Level of involvement
Whole body movement

Hardware

Hardware grade
High-end
Hardware required
PC
Recommended hardware specs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 video card, Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 CPU, 4GB RAM, HDMI 1.4 , 1 x USB 2.0, Windows 7 SP1
Minimum hardware specs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 video card, Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 CPU, 4GB RAM, HDMI 1.4 , 1 x USB 2.0, Windows 7 SP1

Features

Head tracking
Motion tracking
Sensors in headset
Laser, gyroscope, accelerometer
VR platform
Steam VR
App store
HTC Viveport, Steam VR
VR type
Room scale
Best VR experience
Room-scale games and applications such as mini-golf and painting
Physical connection type
HDMI
Link box
Hand-held controller
Controller
Motion controllers (supplied)
Create own content
Yes, painting in Google Tiltbrush