The HTC Vive was made in collaboration with PC games giant Valve and works with Valve’s mammoth gaming ecosystem, Steam. HTC packs in 70 sensors to offer 360-degree head-tracking as well as a 90Hz refresh rate – that’s the stat that’s key to keeping down latency, which is the technical term for the effect that causes motion sickness. Thankfully that wasn’t an issue in our review, which can’t be said about every device.
It’s still lacking a strong handful of killer apps, but there’s plenty to explore, and plenty of titles we think are worth your money. The key to the HTC Vive’s success is the Lighthouse room tracking, which enables you to move around with the headset on. It means mounting some sensors in your home, but the effect is next level. Meanwhile, the Vive’s new Tracker tech is able to bring any object into VR, and some developers have already found some creative uses for it.