Valve and HTC unveiled the Vive headset

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Valve's new virtual-reality headset has been revealed, ahead of its official appearance at Game Developers Conference next week.

Taiwaneze smartphone manufacturer has revealed Vive, a virtual-reality headsert that will feature Valve's VR technology. It boasts two 1200x1080 displays with a 90frames-per-second refresh-rate. HTC claims this will allow the device to eliminate the "jitter common to previous VR technologies."

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So, Valve and HTC are working together on a headset that will come with a gyrosensor, accelerometer, and a laser positioning sensor that will track the rotation of the head. HTC also said when coupled with a pair of SteamVR "base stations" in "spaces up to 15 feet by 15 feet" you will be able to control your avatar's movement by physically walking around the room. HTC designed wireless controllers will also be made available for more complex interactionsm that don't rely on classic movement.

The HTC Vive is supported by a number of developers, including Microsoft Flight Simulator maker Dovertail Games, Fireproof Games, and Cloudhead Games, but also HBO, Lionsgate are listed as content partners on the games website. 

The consumer version is slated for release in 2015.

We will see many more details at GDC in the coming days, but for the moment, you can take a look at the trailer below, though I'm not sure you'll get anything on the device.


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