Photos: Up close with the HTC Vive virtual reality headset
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1. A big box of VR
The HTC Vive started shipping in early April 2016. The box contains everything a user needs to get started, except a powerful PC.
2. The headset
The Vive headset fits over the user’s head like a baseball cap and uses an internal display.
3. Tethered to the computer
As you can see, the headset is tethered to the computer with a sizable bundle of cables.
4. Movement tracking
The Vive comes with two base units that track the user’s movement.
5. The hand controllers
The Vive’s hand controllers are very comfortable and include haptic feedback.
6. A full-room experience
The Vive, unlike its competitors, offers a full-room experience, so the user can move around a designated space that can vary depending on what users have available.
7. Mounting the base stations
The base stations can be mounted on walls or on tripods.
The Vive does not come with built-in headphones, though, so you’ll need your own.