When it comes to VR in 2016, HTC’s Vive is the one to beat. Front-facing cameras on the headset blend real-world elements with your VR experience, and the adjustable head strap ensures good balance and enhanced comfort. Handily, the Vive comes with everything you need to get started. The included controllers might look a little odd, but with haptic feedback, complete motion tracking and an intuitive control pad on each, you will quickly feel at home. Also, in the box are two motion-tracking base stations to position in your living room for a total room scale experience.
Want your Vive experience to be as portable as possible, or don’t fancy a PC permanently set up in your living room? Then MSI’s Dominator Pro is the ideal solution. This gaming laptop delivers insane graphical comph with its built-in Nvidia 1070 mobile GPU, and has been built with VR in mind. It runs the rest of your PC games collection at both high and ultra settings.
SAITEK PRO FLIGHT X52 SYSTEM
Space sim Elite Dangerous is high on the must-play lists of many Vive users. If that includes you too, team it with the Saitek X52 System. You are effectively blindfolded in VR, so intuitive controls are must. The X52 flight kit companies an ultra-precise joystick and a throttle with programmable resistance, enabling you to feel exactly what you’re doing.
TURTLE BEACH STEALTH 350VR
While you can use standard gaming headphones with the Vive, the Stealth 350VR boasts an ultra-light design that works well for prolonged use in VR land. These cans are comfortably-cushioned and deliver great sound, thanks to the built-in battery-powered amplification.
VIVE READY HP COMPUTER BUNDLE
HTC and HP have teamed up for this money-saving bundle, featuring the Vive coupled with HP’s slick-looking Envy 750 PC, housing a Radeon RX 480 graphics card that’s well-suited to VR. The PC also comes with two VR experiences, including Valve’s beginner friendly The Lab.
HTC VIVE VR COVER
Think about it: your headset is constantly pressed against your face, which means plenty of grease and sweat soaking into the foam – and that material can’t be washed easily. Well, the cotton Vive VR Cover makes things significantly more hygienic, not to mention comfier. Designed to act like a pillowcase for your headset, the HTC Vive VR Cover is fully washable and can be popped into the machine along with your clothes. Who knew VR accessories could have that fresh linen smell and feel?
PORT OF CALL
Unlike the Oculus Rift’s greedy desire for three USB ports and an HDMI, the HTC Vive only needs one free USB and HDMI. The MSI Dominator is compatible with both, featuring a whopping six USB 3.0 ports and one USB 3.1 for good measure.
FLIGHTS OF FANCY
Even the style of your individual grip is catered for with the X52 flight system – there’s a five-position handle adjustment system to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
EYES ON THE PRIZE
It is important to remember that even though your brain is fighting zombies, in reality you’re still in your living room. Thankfully, the Vive’s Chaperone system will fire up clear grid walls any time you get close to your own real ones – helping you to avoid walking straight into a wall.
GET YOUR GAME ON
On top of having the Vive headset and a compatible PC, the HP Bundle comes pre-loaded with incredible whale experience. Tilt Brush and Zombie Training Simulator also comes as standard with the vive.
ONE FOR ALL
The Stealth 350VR cans create ‘virtual surround sound’ and work with the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR headsets. The appropriate cables for switching are in the box.
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