HTC Vive VR Headset Review, Part 1: Setup

The era of VR is here, finally, with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are leading the charge. I’ve tried several generations the Oculus Rift and while it’s amazing, the Vive goes one step further. Literally.

Using laser tracking, the Vive lets you actually move around a virtual space.

I got my hands (and head) on one. Here’s the first part of a multi-part review series.


Both the Vive and the Oculus are computer accessories. It’s important to make that clear up front. These are not gaming systems per se as much as they are interfaces for specific games.

As such, there are some specific and rigid requirements to be able to use either. The good news is, if you have a decent gaming computer from the last few years, you probably only need a new video card. My gaming PC is 4 years old and it works fine… but with one important exception: I bought an NVIDIA GTX970-based video card in November.

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