Updated 14 Feb 2017



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

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Test results

Overall score
User comfort
Ease of use

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


  • 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


Avg price
Shipping cost


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


Hardware grade
Hardware required
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


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
Link box
Hand-held controller
Motion controllers (supplied)
Create own content
Yes, painting in Google Tiltbrush