Initial HTC Vive Stock Sold Out
If you purchase an HTC Vive now it’ll ship in May, a full month after the first orders start going out to early adopters on April 5. HTC’s Shen Ye offered the first numbers hinting at modern VR’s consumer traction, tweeting “Woah, more than 15k units in less than 10min.” As with the Rift’s debut, the HTC order site encountered some hiccups under the crush of enthusiastic buyers.
For a limited time, Tilt Brush (an artistic app from Google), Fantastic Contraption (a creativity puzzler) and Job Simulator (a playful and detailed satire of work) are bundled free with the $800 headset.
In honor of the Vive’s launch, investor and artist Tipatat Chennavasin spent about 10 minutes “drawing” Valve co-founder Gabe Newell using Tilt Brush. You can check out the work in this 1-minute video. Canadian visual effects expert Kert Gartner has been working with Fantastic Contraption to advance mixed reality capture, allowing people to watch a traditional video and get a good picture of what it’s like to play a game in VR. His latest 23-second test is really effective.
Microsoft is planning to ship HoloLens to developers who ordered it for $3,000 beginning March 30. The company also previewed some AR games that can interact with your living room. They will be packaged with the device to showcase its capabilities.