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This is the HTC Vive virtual reality visor — on my face

So this is the HTC Vive. Or, rather, it's the visor for the Vive, the virtual reality system produced by HTC and Valve and announced here at Mobile World Congress. And this is what it looks like on my face.

The outside side of the visor isn't really the interesting part, of course. It's what you see inside that matters. But this sort of gives you an idea of the physical nature of the visor. Still, it's important to remember a couple things. First is that a developer version will be available this spring. And retail units — as in things you can I can buy — will be coming toward the end of the year. And they'll change a little bit from what you see here. So don't get too hung up on anything. Don't worry that we don't yet have all the answers about Vive — what it's like, who would want it, and what it'll cost.

For now, just enjoy (or not) the sight of this thing on my face.

36 Comments
  • Bulky as hell. Still cool tho.
  • I thought the same thing, lolol!! Damn that thing is HUGE!!
  • Don't be so mean. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What she said? Posted via Android Central App- Via HTC One
  • Wait a minute... we're still talking about the HTC Vive right.?
  • Finally a piece of technology I am not interested in. My wallet is safe for now.
  • How heavy is it? Seems like your neck would become strained from wearing it for half an hour. Posted via Android Central App
  • was thinking the same thing; looks like you would need a neck brace for prolonged use
  • They specifically said that it's very light and can be worn for longer periods of time at the official presentation.
  • are those camera sensors all around the outside? is it augmented reality or virtual reality (or does it do both)?
  • Looks like infrared sensors, like inside a mouse, probably very responsive head tracking on the thing. Or maybe lidar? Posted via Android Central App- Via HTC One
  • Your neck muscles are screaming no doubt.
  • Until they make them look like regular sunglasses, I have zero interest in this sort of thing.
  • What's it like, Phil? You tried a few of these things before. Can you give us your totally personal/subjective opinion? :)
  • Ya, no kidding, give us something instead of just a clickbait post.
  • Didn't you people read the article? This is just a mock up! Posted via Android Central App- Via HTC One
  • It looks bulky and heavy. What if....it's bundled with HL3???
  • HTC = Half-Life Three Confirmed :p
  • Are those ETAs taking into account valve time?
    https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Valve_Time Posted via the Android Central App
  • In no more than 10 years, people are going to be giggling about how silly today's VR contraptions look. In the same way that we look back and giggle everytime we see a picture of someone talking into a DynaTAC. But technology has to start somewhere.
  • Get it off before it implants a fetus in your body, and it comes bursting out of your chest!
  • My first thought was when "Alien" was attached to the guys face. LOL
  • Are you sure the Vive isn't attached to you... The other way around. It's huge! Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Borg will assimilate you all!
  • The Vive device let's you navigate through a Worm Hole with relative safety, which is of upmost importance to time travel. Posted via Android Central App
  • Holy shit, is this a prop from an upcoming Alien film? It's massive! Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow... I need a new scuba mask.
  • Thought the same thing!
  • Looks like Swiss cheese gone bad strapped to your face
  • Would go nicely with a pair of Crocs!
  • That's hot....
  • What a photo! XD
  • that's not geeky at all...it looks sleeker than Google Glass =)
  • Why has no one called sigourney weaver to help out Phil yet? Get on it Jerry!
  • Phil, it looks like you've been attacked by a sponge.
  • I've been searching for some time now for a device that can quickly and cleanly remove my eyes from my skull. I saw this picture and got excited. But no. Just some virtual reality contraption. Posted via the Android Central App