Category: Augmented Reality, Technology, Virtual Reality

Microsoft Hololens and HTC Vive Release Dates Announced, Available for Pre-order

The world of mixed realities is officially upon us. Today Microsoft announced preorder availability for their Hololens augmented reality headset (for developers) and HTC made their Vive headset, powered by Steam, available to mass market consumers.

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Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition (microsoft.com)

The developer edition of Microsoft Hololens ships on March 30, 2016 and is being listed for sale at a $3,000 MSRP. Bear in mind that unlike Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or, presumably, the Sony VR Headset, the Hololens is an all-in-one, complete hardware package. Microsoft boasts that there are no cables or connection to computer required. Read the original announcement on the Official Windows blog.

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HTC Vive Virtual Reality System (htcvive.com)

The HTC blog also had big news today with an announcement that their long-awaited, highly-impressive Vive headset– the consumer-ready, full-featured edition– would go on-sale today at a price-point of $799, with a projected ship date of April 2016. Minimum specifications for running the headset are somewhat significant:

RECOMMENDED PC SPECS

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
CPU: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
RAM: 4GB+
Video Output: HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or greater port
Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or newer

Customers purchasing the Vive HTC may want to bear the above in mind when considering picking one of these up.

The HTC Vive package is the first modern Virtual Reality headset to hit the market for consumers. The preorder offer includes “the Vive headset, two wireless controllers, two base stations, link box, earbuds, Vive accessories, safety guide and warranty card”, as well as a “Limited Offer Free Content Bundle: Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption and Tilt Brush by Google.”

Should you have the recommended system ready-to-go (or are willing to pick up one up), pre-order your HTC Vive Headset now.

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