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HTC Vive Pre Virtual Reality Headset launched for Developers; Commercial model expected in April

HTC Vive Pre Virtual Reality Headset launched for Developers; Commercial model expected in April

Virtual reality is a thing of future that is not far away and some of them are already here and HTC doesn’t intend to stay behind in the race while others are already on it. HTC has been talking about its Virtual Reality headset, first launched back in 2015 and now it is introducing an updated model dubbed HTC Vive Pre for developers. The company took advantage of CES 2016 to grab some attention to its new device.

The new model is aimed at developers and brings some improvements which include a smaller design, better fit, and a camera that lets you bring real-world objects into your virtual environment.

HTC Vive Pre has following new features from its original developer set :

  • The integrated front-facing camera lets you see where you’re going without removing your headset, among other things.
  • The Vive controllers have got updated with better ergonomics, textured buttons, and a dual-stage trigger. Now they also have rechargeable batteries that lasts up to 4 hours of run time per charge.
  • The headset comes with an updated strap design and foam inserts that you can swap out to make the device fit better. You can also adjust the HTC Vive to accommodate users with eyeglasses or different face shapes.

HTC is expected to launch the commercial model by April 2016 while 7,000 HTC Vive Pre units are expected to send out to developers. When hits the market, HTC Vive Pre will be the first virtual reality headset designed to work with Steam VR, the virtual reality system by the gaming company Valve.

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