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Tested by our CIO: VR with the HTC Vive

Just in time for my holidays, my HTC Vive was winging its way to Switzerland – what perfect timing! I rushed to pick it up, hurried home and immersed myself into virtual reality. Read on if you want to find out if the trip was worth it.

Prologue

In February, I was doing some research on the latest VR products and technologies when I was pleasantly surprised by learning that the HTC Vive had just been made available for ordering the previous day. To date, the HTC Vive can still only be ordered from the manufacturer directly. So I wasted no time, chose to ignore the relatively steep price and submitted my order – my curiosity simply got the better of me.

The product

Quality

May 2 was the big day: I collected the parcel from the DHL collection centre in Regensdorf. My first impression after unboxing: Impeccable quality. I was positively surprised by the great look and feel of the individual components and how well made they were. So in terms of quality, HTC and Valve get a big thumbs up from me.

Installation

Simply connect the goggles to a PC and off you go – at least that’s how I imagined installation to be. But it’s not as simple as that. The system requires two brick-like sensors that need attaching to your wall at a height of around two meters. So far, I’ve only temporarily installed them on pieces of furniture. Everything’s working as it should but it also adds to any cable cluttery you may already have.

Installing the software and starting via Steam is up next. First, you need to outline your playing area on the ground with your Vive controller. Next, it’s time to start the Valve tutorial which is designed in the style of Portal 2 (a great opportunity for me to stress that Portal 2 is one of the best games ever and still is to this day). And last but not least, the Vive controller’s firmware needs an update so the system button works in the tutorial.

Overall, installation was a piece of cake.

Availability and ordering

It’s currently still unknown when the product will be available in stores. Let’s hope that there’s news soon. To get all updated information on availability, simply go to the respective product. In any case, pre-orders definitely help us when it comes to negotiations with HTC.

Vive
CHF 899.–mit DLC
HTC Vive
Wenn Du Dir das Vive-Headset aufsetzt, bist Du sofort von einer Welt voller Überraschungen umgeben.

Overall rating

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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Availability

Mail delivery

  • more than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

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Collection

  • Basel: today at 13:10
  • Bern: only 1 piece(s)
  • Dietikon: today at 14:30
  • Kriens: today at 11:20
  • Lausanne: today at 15:40
  • St Gallen: today at 15:30
  • Winterthur: today at 13:30
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: only 3 piece(s)

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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What do I do with it now?

My Vive included a few games or rather a few demos. All programmes or games listed here are available free of charge or are included.

Google Tilt Brush

A truly fascinating programme that lets you paint in 3D space. Equipped with a palette in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, you’ll find the various functions to your left and can select and use them on your right. And believe me, 3D painting is so much fun! I let my kids try out the Vive and it was near impossible to stop them. For example, you can paint a house around yourself and then walk out of it. See Tilt Brush

Fantastic Contraption

The point of this game is to build something with the parts available to you – so far it’s always been some kind of vehicle that you either send off to a defined destination or that helps you solve a puzzle. It’s fun to try out. see Fantastic Contraption

Job Simulator

The year is 2050. In a world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into a museum that allows visitors to learn what it was like to work a job. I decided to be a convenience store clerk who manages customers and sells hot dogs. The game is cleverly made and packed with dark humour. see Job Simulator, the 2050 archives

The Lab by Valve

As the name suggests, The Lab lets you experiment. Try out various applications, from game to simulation. It’s all very interesting and lots of fun. Take Xortex, for example: a classic space shooter game that revolves around you steering the spaceship. Or use your archery skills to attack your enemies – it's actually quite exhausting! The Lab gives you a good overview of the current possibilities. see The Lab auf Steam

My conclusion

The Vive is really cool. It’s an impressive debut by HTC/Valve in the field of VR. I look forward to the next stages of evolution. The VR systems are probably not everyone’s cup of tea. You definitely need to have a bit of a weakness for video games and computer technology. It’s a sort of Lego for gamers, tekkies and software developers.

A glimpse into the future

In my opinion, the current VR goggles are the first market-suitable versions of their kind. Provided I’m not the only one who’s really into VR technology and this product, I’m guessing new models will be hitting the market in regular intervals. As regards the next stages of evolution, I think it’s safe to say that we can expect massive improvements when it comes to resolution and graphics. Maybe there will even be a true arms race like there used to be for PC games. This should lead to great innovation and I’m convinced that VR will revolutionise various fields including electronic commerce – think a “try before you buy” feature.

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Die vielleicht perfekte Gaming- und Entwicklungsmaschine.

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Oliver Herren

Cool: Creating interfaces between the real world and the world of pure information. Not cool: Driving by car to the mall to shop. My life happens online, the information age is where I feel at home.

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User butzemanne

Wird man die Vive evtl. auch in den Filialen testen können ?

11.05.2016
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User Domidragon

Oh ja das wäre echt nice. Bevor 1000.- in die Hand nehme für ein Stück Hardware möchte ich es schon erstmal selbst erlebt haben, um zu bestimmen, ob sich diese teure Investition für einem lohnt.

18.05.2016
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User Asaes

Wann wird Digitec die Vive ausliefern können?

10.05.2016
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User Anonymous

Im Text oben steht:
Verfügbarkeit und Bestellung
Aktuell ist noch unbekannt, wann das Produkt im Fachhandel verfügbar sein wird. Wir hoffen, dass wir bald mehr dazu wissen. Die aktuellsten Informationen sind jeweils direkt beim Produkt ersichtlich. Vorbestellungen helfen uns in der Diskussion mit HTC.

10.05.2016
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User Snuke

Das erste Ausprobieren war faszinierend. Vor allem bei Room-Scale Applikationen kann die Vive ihr Potential ausspielen. Auch 120-360 Grad Videos machen Spass. Elite Dangerous macht auch Laune aber offenbart auch die grösste Schwäche des Vives: Das "Fliegengitter". Schrift ist schwer lesbar.

10.05.2016
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User rolandhof

Die Elite Dangerous Entwickler arbeiten daran das Spiel für die Vive weiter zu optimieren, so dass die Schriften besser lesbar sind. Offenbar gibt es da noch Potential zur Verbesserung. Quelle: forums.frontier.co.uk/showt...

10.05.2016
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User Jaywalker_GmbH

wer elite dangerous mit DK2 gespielt hat, würde nie von einer schwäche sprechen. der screendoor effekt ist bei vive und auch bei rift CV1 massiv verbessert worden. eben gerade schrift ist jetzt viel besser lesbar als zuvor. natürlich reicht die auflösung noch immer nicht, aber mehr ist nicht möglich heute. displays gäbe es zwar (4K sony z5 premium) aber keine PC hardware die das dann in 3D und 90fps befeuert.

12.05.2016
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User Toelpel

Als Portal 2 Fan solltest du dir den 17. Mai frei nehmen :-)store.steampowered.com/app/...

11.05.2016
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User Oliver Herren

Danke für den Hinweis. Habe den Mod schon auf meine Steam Wishlist gesetzt. Werde ich sicher ausprobieren.

11.05.2016
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User rolandhof

Da warte ich auch schon drauf! :D

13.05.2016
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User McErono

HTC/Steam? Steam ist nur der Shop von VALVE... also HTC/Valve ;-)

habe meine vive auch schon ein paar wochen - meine rift ebenfalls. vive ist VR wie es sein soll, im vergleich ist oculus rift momentan langweilig da die touch bzw. motioncontroller noch fehlen. allerdings fehlt es an software. diese demos und minispiele begeistern 1-2 wochen aber danach möchte man mehr, länger, tiefer...

beste app ist ganz klar the lab von valve. so perfekt, so poliert - aber halt auch nur 10 minispiele.

24.05.2016
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User Oliver Herren

Ich habe kurz Portal Stories:VR fertig gespielt. Macht wirklich Spass und beeindruckt schon. Die Steuerung ist ziemlich gelungen. Grafik gut.

Vor Allem die Fahrt mit dem Lift nachdem man die Level durchgespielt hat war ziemlich beeindruckend.
VR ftw!

25.05.2016
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User Oliver Herren

HoloBall macht auch Spass. Treffendes Zitat aus einer Benutzerbewertung: Tron raquet ball...a surprisingly good workout and an excellent use of VR.

25.05.2016
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