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HTC Vive

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What is it?

The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset released in 2016 that typically (but not necessarily) requires you to stand when using.  

What can I use it for?

The Vive headset allows users to play games, simulations, and explore environments downloaded or purchased through the SteamVR library. You may also use the headset to interface with Unity or the Unreal Engine designs.


Display: OLED

Resolution: 2160 x 1200

Refresh rate: 90Hz

Platform: Oculus Home

Field of view: 110 degrees

Tracking area: 15 x 15 feet

Built-in audio: Yes

Built-in mic: Yes

Controller: Vive Controller, Xbox Controller

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, Lighthouse laser tracking system, front-facing camera

Connections: HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0


  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
  • Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 4GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 1x USB 2.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer