The HTC Vive is perhaps the best of the VR devices that are on the market today. It offers a high quality visual experience, and it is really easy to control too, in addition, because they have a software partnership with the makers of Steam – Valve – you can be confident that there will be plenty of software out there that will make good use of it.
However, the Vive is far from perfect. The $800 price tag is off-putting for all but the most enthusiastic of gadget lovers, and the headset isn’t as comfortable to wear as the Oculus Rift either. You might be able to get used to it, but we’re a long way from immersing yourself in a VR experience and “never wanting to come out”. The device needs a fairly high-end GPU for you to be able to make full use of it as well, which is less than ideal for people with laptops or older PCs.
The Vive is a great experience for gamers who really want to immerse themselves in new virtual worlds, though – it offers more freedom of movement and it offers more fidelity too. The 110 degree field of view is particularly impressive, and the smooth look helps to reduce the issue of motion sickness – something that was common with the Oculus Rift.
It will take a bit of setting up to make the Vive work properly, but once you’ve got the space mapped out, the playing experience is incredible. The controllers need charged periodically, which may irritate some, but it’s a minor inconvenience when you consider how realistic and immersive the playing experience can be. If you really want to get started with VR, skip the ‘cheap’ alternatives and do it right with the HTC Vive.