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The HTC Vive offers the best in-home VR experience yet, but it's too unwieldy to truly enjoy for extended play sessions.
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EngadgetApril 16, 2016
- Sharp and incredibly immersive VR
- Head tracking is superior to Oculus Rift
- Whole-room VR is impressive
- Motion controllers work well
- Tricky setup
- Uncomfortable to wear for long periods
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- 75AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsThe Wall Street Journal70HTC Vive Review: Oculus Riftâ€™s Rival Makes VR BiIt’s clear that being free to roam with my hands and body makes VR way more compelling. But the experience only adds to the puzzle of how we’re going to fit VR into our lives—and our already overstuffed homes.TechCrunch80Review: HTC ViveThe experience is in a lot of ways so much richer than any other headsets out there, including the Rift. Because of this, it may be a bit easier to point out flaws when they come up, if only because there’s just so much going on with this crazy piece of tech.Gizmodo70HTC Vive Review: A Beautiful Machine With One MajoThe HTC Vive is without a doubt the most cutting-edge gadget you can buy right now. Its capabilities surpass any other device on the planet, and for that alone, it deserves to be celebrated. Whether it’s worth the $800 ... is a different story.CNET80HTC Vive review: The best VR experience you can haVive is the best virtual-reality experience you can have right now, thanks to its motion controls and room-scale tracking. It's the closest thing to having a holodeck in your home.Kotaku60The Valve-Backed HTC Vive Is Virtual Reality At ItThe Vive really is something you should see for yourself, but if you want to try it, go to a store that’s demoing it, or make friends with somebody who already ordered one. I’m excited about what the future holds for the Vive, but the future’s not here yet.GameSpot70Move with meFor people who can't wait, who are willing to go the extra mile right now, Vive is the only way to experience today's most advanced VR technology from the comfort of home.Polygon80THE HTC VIVE REVIEWYes, the Vive asks a lot from anyone buying the platform, but it gives just as much back, if not more so.Fortune70HTC Vive Is A High-End VR System With Notable FlawThere are flaws ... But given the early adopter audience, most customers will likely avoid frustration. Still, it’s a product that has plenty of room for improvement before it will be even remotely ready for the mainstream world to give it a second glance.The Verge80HTC VIVE REVIEWOculus has clearly thrown its weight behind VR film and gaming, but Valve and HTC have been more circumspect — they didn’t craft an entertainment ecosystem, they just showed up with some goggles and controllers and let people play with them. For now, at least, that’s turned out to be enough.Destructoid90Review: HTC ViveVR is here, and I have been sold as a believer. While the Oculus is a very strong VR headset, the Vive feels like it's in a league of its own comparatively. The big sticking issue is how the market reacts to the price long term, and if development of new games maintains a consistent pace.
- 100AVERAGE USER SCORE1 ReviewsEngadget Reader100April 17, 2016Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I am new to VR. After reading all the reviews ou there I was expecting it to be decent but need a more lot more time before it's really amazing. Boy was I wrong, and my expectations were completely blown away. This thing is amazing!!Just goes to show don't listen to reviews and just try it for yourself and decide. Don't listen to my review either! Just try it out for yourself. If you are lucky enough to never tried VR before you are in for a real treat.
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