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HTC Vive

HTC Vive headset
Equipment Difficulty: 
Difficult
Requires Instruction?: 
Yes

 

The HTC Vive is now available for use in the Gelardin New Media Center. The Vive is at the forefront of Virtual Reality (VR) technology and is the top product for room-scale VR. Room-scale VR means that you are both visually and physically immersed within the VR experience. The two base stations create a 15' x 15' play area and pick up all of your movements while you wear the headset, allowing you to physically walk around and explore your surroundings. The two wireless controllers give you a very intuitive way to interact with people, places, and things within the VR experience. HTC's partnership with Valve and Steam has created a large library of games, experiences, and simluations that we are constantly updating. 

 

In order to use the Vive, you must schedule a consultation with one of our Multimedia Specialists to get the proper training and authorizations to use the headset. After you have been authorized, you can reserve the Virtual Reality Station and the HTC Vive from our Patron Portal.

 

What to Know Before Using the Vive:

  • as with any VR headset, there is a small chance for motion sickness
  • it is highly recommended to come with a partner to ensure your safety 

 

Experiences:

Tilt Brush

 Google Tilt Brush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Apollo 11 Simulation  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Realities.IO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Night Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Lab

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vive in Action:

Specifications: 

HTC (all)

  • adjustable headset and multiple eye relief adjustments, including lens distance and IPD, to make Vive comfortable and clear
  • two screens, one per eye, each having a display resolution of 1080x1200
  • more than 70 sensors including a MEMS gyroscope, accelerometer and laser position sensors
  • 2 wireless controllers designed specifically for natural and intuitive interactions
  • 2 base stations to track precise movement
What you should know: 

 

Although we only offer VR in Gelardin, to use Vive on your own, your computer must meet the following recommended minimum system requirements:

  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or better
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4590/AMD FX™ 8350 equivalent or better
  • RAM: 4 GB or more
  • Video output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB port: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
  • Operating system: Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8.1 or later, Windows® 10