Valve is teaming up with mobile phone maker HTC to release a new VR headset called Vive.
The Vive headset was developed by both companies, is powered by Valve’s SteamVR operating system, and features more than 70 sensors.
It also boasts two 1080p screens that refresh at 90 frames per second, and according to HTC “displays photorealistic imagery that fills your field of vision in all directions, eliminating the jitter common to previous VR technologies and transporting you to another world.”
“A gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position sensor combine to precisely track the rotation of your head on both axes to an accuracy of 1/10th of a degree, allowing you to look around the virtual environment naturally,” said HTC.
The Vive will support full room-scale environments, HTC added.
“Couple the headset with a pair of Steam VR base stations to track your physical location (in spaces up to 15 feet by 15 feet) – get up and walk around inside the virtual world.”
Valve and HTC will also release VR game controllers to allow players to use virtual objects and interact with the virtual world.
Alchemy Labs, Cloudhead Games, Dovetail Games, Fireproof Games, Steel Wool Games, Vertigo Games, and others are already developing games for the headset, while Google, HBO, and Lionsgate are creating video content.
The Vive is expected to be available for purchase before the end of 2015.