MWC 2016: HTC launches Vive VR system with advanced headset and game controllers

HTC, along with Valve®, has launched the consumer edition of the Vive VR system at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Running Steam®VR, Vive launches along with Vive Phone Services which will also let you send and receive calls and texts as well as checking calendar invites.

Vive was first launched at Mobile World Congress last year and was followed by the Vive Pre which brought in new wireless controllers, a front camera and a redesigned head strap. The consumer edition is based on the Vive Pre and offers a bright display, haptic feedback and greater stability and balance.

The Vive consumer edition comes with new VR experiences like Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives by Owlchemy Labs and Fantastic Contraption by Northway Games in collaboration with Radial Games. These games let you dive into the world of virtual reality and revel in the Vive's advanced game controllers and improved visual system.

Over a period of time, HTC will bring in more VR content for you based on content like entertainment, retail, education, design, healthcare and automotive.

You will be able to pre-order the Vive VR system from 29th February for around £555. The system includes two wireless VR controllers, room scale movement sensors, an HMD featuring a built in camera and phone and the two VR titles.

“From the beginning, Vive has been at the forefront of virtual reality, with HTC pioneering several ground breaking technologies. Since announcing Vive this time last year, we have worked tirelessly with Valve to deliver the best VR experience on the market, winning multiple awards and receiving critical acclaim from media, consumers and the industry. With the Vive consumer edition we are now able to realise our ultimate vision; bringing Vive into homes around the globe so that people can experience immersive virtual reality in a way that fires the imagination and truly changes the world,” said Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO, HTC.

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