HTC to reveal Vive final design and controller details in October

The company plans to release its virtual reality headset by the end of the year, an executive says

HTC will provide more details on the final design of its Vive virtual reality headset in October.

HTC will provide more details on the final design of its Vive virtual reality headset in October.

HTC is on track to release a consumer version of its Vive virtual reality headset by the end of the year, with device details coming in October.

The final design of the Vive and its wireless controllers, as well as what content will be available for the SteamVR-powered headset, will be shared then, HTC executive director of marketing Jeffrey Gattis said in a video.

The Vive's development is progressing quickly. It was only in March when HTC said it was working with Valve, the video game software maker, on building a virtual reality headset. At that time, HTC, known as a smartphone maker, said a developer edition would come out a few weeks later and a consumer headset would be available by the end of 2015.

Committing to getting the Vive in the hands of consumers only a few months after revealing the hardware is a "big statement" for HTC and the company is "aggressively" working toward meeting that goal, Gattis said. HTC expects to ramp up Vive development efforts in the first quarter of 2016, he said.

The Vive isn't the only virtual reality headset expected to go on sale in the coming months. The Rift from Facebook-owned Oculus VR is scheduled to launch in early 2016. The cost of these devices, which will both need to be tethered to a PC to work, is unknown.

HTC expects the Vive's room scale tracking feature to make the headset stand out from rivals. This technology lets any movement a person makes in the real world appear in a virtual environment. With room scale, a person will be able to walk around a virtual world instead of just viewing the scene, Gattis said.

Fred O'Connor writes about IT careers and health IT for The IDG News Service. Follow Fred on Twitter at @fredjoconnor. Fred's e-mail address is fred_o'connor@idg.com

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