Valve to Spotlight Vive Apps Next Week
At an event in Seattle on January 28, Valve is spotlighting developers building experiences for the HTC Vive, one month before pre-orders begin for the headset. More than 10 new experiences for the Vive are expected to be shown. Meanwhile, demand for the $600 Oculus Rift has pushed the expected ship date for new pre-orders into July (the earliest pre-orders are set to ship March 28).
If you’re having trouble deciding whether Rift or Vive is the the better buy, the decision isn’t getting any easier with many unknowns regarding both headsets. The developer of Portal-meets-Metal-Gear-Solid Vive game Budget Cuts outlined on Reddit why he might have to make gameplay sacrifices in porting the title to the Rift. A developer behind Job Simulator also posted to the Reddit why their game is different on Vive and Rift, “we're waiting on Oculus to define the messaging for how Touch and room-scale interplay.”
A 22-minute video surfaced of an apparent Microsoft evangelist confirming an early estimate of a small field of view on the HoloLens headset as well as battery life between 2.5 hours and 5.5 hours depending how it is used.