Today, we were whisked away to Gardens to test and explore the new HTC VIVE Pro and VIVE, now officially available in Malaysia. If you’re wondering what the VIVE is all about, it is a VR headset that utilises a room scale tracker to track a user’s movement in a space using a tracker dubbed the lighthouse that is strategically placed which then allows you to move around the virtual space. Obviously you’ll need a big enough area to place lighthouses, and a spacious area to move around. For the VR fanatics, they even have a room dedicated just for VR.
With the insurgence of VR games such as L.A. Noire VR, Doom VFR, Duck Season, Gorn: Visceral Reality, Rick and Morty: Virtual Reality, VRChat and much more, VR is gaining traction all over the world for what it offers, by simulating a world that you can interact and move around freely in. However, you will still be limited with wires and so on. Unless you purchase the VIVE Wireless Adapter separately that is. But let’s just jump into the specs of things. But you will of course need a capable PC or laptop to run your games, and will require at least a NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 or a AMD RTX480 to get it to run.
We have the VIVE, the first from the company that precedes the VIVE Pro. The VIVE headset is packed with a Dual AMOLED 3.6-inch display with a 1080×1200 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate with a field of view of a 110-degrees. As for the sensors, you have SteamVR Tracking, G-Sensor, Gyroscope and proximity sensors. Of course you can use the headset and controllers seated, but you will then not be able to fully immerse yourself in the world when you have to point and click to move. Speaking of controllers, the headset is packaged with two wireless controllers that can be charged with a microUSB, and once fully charged can last up to 6 hours. An integrated microphone can be spotted on the headset as well.
Next up, the HTC VIVE Pro, the successor to the VIVE comes with some needed improvements that makes your VR experience better and less nauseating. It comes with a dual AMOLED 3.5-inch setup with a resolution of 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye, and the same 90Hz refresh rate with 110-degree FOV. The headset also comes packaged with headphones as well, equipped with Hi-Res certification for immersive audio. Similar to the VIVE, the Pro does have a built in microphone as well, and comes with an additional IPD Sensor (Interpupillary distance, the distance between the pupils of your eyes). This time, the headset does come with USB-C connection as well.
Both the HTC VIVE and VIVE Pro will be coming in separate bundles in Malaysia. The VIVE Pro Starter Kit is priced at RM6,099, and comes packaged with the VIVE Pro Headset, two wireless controllers and two SteamVR tracking Base Station. As for the regular VIVE, it is packaged as the VIVE Consumer Edition, and priced at RM2,999. The package includes the VIVE Headset, two wireless controllers, and two SteamVR tracking base stations. Both packages will be available for sale and available at ECS ASTAR distributors nationwide next week (5th of November onwards).