HTC Vive Review: Virtual Reality is back!

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We review the HTC Vive to see if our 90s childhood dreams have finally become a reality.

Twenty years after 90s kids everywhere were teased with and ultimately disappointed by the promise of strapping on bulky headsets and escaping into digital fantasies (remember the Nintendo Virtual Boy?), it looks like the world is finally ready to give virtual reality another shot. Oculus struck first with their headset, the Oculus Rift, but other companies quickly followed with virtual reality headsets of their own like the HTC Vive, Google Cardboard, and Samsung Gear VR. The virtual reality hype is back, but is it just another passing fad or is it here to stay this time?

To attempt to answer that question, my colleague, Ginnard Archibald, and I got our hands on the HTC Vive, HTC’s entry into the virtual reality arena, powered by Valve’s Steam VR platform. The specs certainly sound promising, provided you have a computer capable of processing the load.

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