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HTC and Valve collaborated to create Vive, a VR headset you can use with your favorite Steam games. For now, the developer edition won’t be out until sometime this spring, and the release for consumers won’t be until the holiday season. The Vive will, however, have a huge launch this week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, allowing attendees to try out the “Steampowered” VR headset.
The developer edition has a 1200 x 1080 pixel screen for each eye, refreshing at a rate of 90 frames per second. HTC claims the Vive exhibits photorealistic imagery that will immerse your entire field of vision, no matter the direction. Because of the complete immersion, the Vive removes the nauseating jitter and lag that was common in previous VR-tech. The gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position work together simultaneously to give players the most natural view of their virtual environment. These three sensors follow users’ head rotation, even if tilted as little as 1/10 of a degree.
Aside from the visuals, the controllers are ergonomic. Yes, there are two; one for each hand. The controllers themselves are tracked through space, although HTC doesn’t explain how. However, with two controllers, this may give the Vive a more comfortable shift from computer keyboards and mouses used by most current Steam players. It also gives the developers more options for in-game activities and interactions.
Of course, since this headset is only for visual entertainment, gamers have to plug-in their own headphones on the side of the Vive. You also have the option of connecting with the Steam VR base stations, which will allow you to physically walk around the virtual world, as long as the area has 15 x 15 feet of room. It’s about as close to a Star Trek hologram as you can get right now.
The Vive could also be giving Oculus and other VR tech a a run for its money, because the Steam network is so well-established. Game developers will continue to be added to the partners list. In addition, partners like Google, HBO, or Lionsgate have signed on. We’re not exactly certain what they have in mind, but perhaps HBO and Lionsgate will be investing in more interactive TV and film entertainment built specifically for VR, and Google will turn Streetview into a digital vacation via Google Earth.
Can you even imagine the virtual implications of this technology? The sky is the limit. Personally, I think it would be pretty cool to walk around Paris or Game of Thrones’ Westeros, but there haven’t been any announcements.
HTC has finally announced its best phone ever, the HTC One (M8). The M8 has taken the crown for most leaked phone of all time—EV Leaks leaked images and an entire video walkthrough of the phone’s case. Everything we anticipated about the phone has come to be, and it has come out as a great Samsung Galaxy S5 competitor. Below is our overview of the HTC One (Or is it One Two?) Call it what you will.
The first major design change from the original One is onscreen buttons. The M8 also comes with the default three-button Android arrangement rather than the simpler two-button (Home and Back) arrangement. The M8 still has a unibody aluminum chassis like the previous edition did. However, this time it is a 90:10 ratio of metal to plastic, resulting in a device that feels better in the hand. The edges aren’t sharp like a Macbook. In fact, they’re rounded, keeping consumer comfort in mind. With this design choice, HTC is leading the pack metal handsets. In addition, the screen size has been increased by a little less than an inch. The M8 still looks very similar to its predecessor, but its colors are muted, and the design modernized.
Android phone “families” are synonymous with overkill this year when you consider the lineup of Nokias, Verizon Droids, and, of course, the HTC One lineup. But the One Mini, the miniaturized version of the HTC One, is not a cheap feeling or superfluous device. It fits perfectly in you hand (something less prominent these days) and its specs aren’t watered down. The HTC One Mini on AT&T redesign keeps its smooth aluminum shell, speedy zip, while also being functional. Below is our full HTC One Mini review.
So let’s talk about design. Or is it redesign? The One Mini keeps that gorgeous, high-end aluminum shell but also adds a white, plastic rim around the device giving it a different accent than its larger HTC One counterpart. That’s not to say it feels any cheaper or less sturdy a device. The phone keeps literally the same shape, and it arcs in your hand perfectly for a nice, average-sized hand fit. The problem? It’s the exact same issue the original HTC One has: It’s just too damn slippery. As comfortable as the device is in hand (light too), I couldn’t help this constant fear of it slipping out of my hand and cracking it on the concrete. And for a device this attractive, a case would be blasphemy. The other problem was the heat. Aluminum is expected to transfer temperatures quite well and the hardware and burning hot battery inside can honestly make your palms sweat. Sometimes I wondered if I’d been holding a laptop’s heat vent on my palm it was so warm. Slips and sweaty palms aside, the phone will catch eyes of those passerby, and it’s one of the most attractive Android handsets ever created (like the One was).
I am sure I have used the phrase “This is the One” before. Oh wait, I have. But this device is too nice not to say it twice. In my review of the HTC One X, I also said that “HTC is back.” With the new One, HTC has not only released a premium smartphone, but in the process jumpstarted their ascent back into the hearts and minds of tech lovers everywhere. The HTC brand should now be considered at the same level of Apple and Samsung.
“Wow, these are some pretty bold claims!” you say? Well, I stick by my story when I tell you the HTC One is the best phone on the market today. Maybe even on the planet. “Best smartphone on the planet!?” you say? Yes. Without a doubt. “Oh come on. Tell me more!” Well then read on I say.
Now that I have actually laid my own hands on Facebook Home (via the HTC One), I feel that my “official” thoughts are ready for prime time. For avid Facebook users, I can see Home being a great addition to their smartphone. If you don’t want to read this entire piece, I can tell you that I won’t be using Home any time soon. For those with the time and patience to read the entire article, read on for my thoughts on Facebook Home.
In the interest of rumors and pretty smartphones, we have to update you on the latest iPhone 5 leak to date. The Verge has caught wind of video and photos of the next iPhone’s case thanks to Macotakara. There also seems to be evidence of the iPhone reiteration’s new buttons and other internal components.
In the video below, you’ll see a lively demonstration with intense music (think Mission Impossible) of the presumably legitimate Apple hardware we speak of. The back of the phone has an Apple logo and the two-toned back we’ve seen in previous leaks, and the port on the bottom is definitely smaller than the current on all iPhone/iPod models.
Oh, and it’s taller, likely putting the screen at around 4″, something that has more visual real estate and fits nicely in the hand like HTC’s Incredible. Macotakara’s iLab Factory photos show volume rocker and power buttons along with the smartphone’s cameras. Tiny tech, to say the least.