HTC’s Vive Tacker, the Lighthouse-compatible puck that guarantees to get greater than your fingers into virtual reality with a bevy of hardware functions, is now formally available on the market to anybody with $99.
Vive Tracker made its debut at CES 2017 this previous January, the place we received an opportunity to check out a number of functions exhibiting off simply how versatile the little puck actually is. We received to fire custom-built guns, swing bats in a baseball coaching sim and use positionally-tracked gloves that gave us a stage of precision that simply isn’t potential with in the present day’s IMU-based systems alone.
The tracker is available via each its US developer page for $99 (with US-only transport) and itsChina-based online storefront for 799 yuan. There’s no phrase from HTC when different worldwide prospects will have the ability to buy the device.
Orders embody one tracker, a USB cable, power adapter, a 2.four Ghz dongle and dongle cradle. One cost is estimated to convey the user four.5 hours of playtime.
Basic launch of Vive Tracker comes on the heels of HTC’s launch initiative, the place the corporate gave away 1000 of the pucks to builders who made it via their evaluation course of, typically giving a number of models to indie studios like CloudGate Studio, builders of the dinosaur-themed shooter Island 359 (2016).
The tracker homes a number of Lighthouse sensors, a 6-pin ‘pogo’ connector, a micro USB charging port and a typical 1/four inch mount on the backside, so not only can it talk button presses via Vive Tracker itself, but it surely may also be securely connected to something and all the pieces with a typical tripod mounting screw. An built-in battery and its personal wi-fi connection permit for Vive Tracker to speak to the host computer.
The Deluxe Audio Strap, a head strap that considerably improves the ergonomic issue of the Vive headset, can even be priced at $100 and can start pre-orders on Could 2nd.