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HTC Vive

HTC Vive
alaScore 95

145 reviews

Mar, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 145 reviews of HTC Vive. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HTC Vive is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Will Greenwald (

HTC Vive


I tested the HTC Vive Pre development hardware just last month, and now the final, consumer-ready version of the Vive is here. HTC's $799 virtual reality (VR) system is expensive, but it includes the works: a headset, motion controllers, and even...

Immersive experience. Includes motion controllers and external sensors for whole-room VR

Expensive. Tethered headset makes whole-room VR tricky

The HTC Vive is the most comprehensive virtual reality system available, and also the most expensive.

Apr, 2016

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HTC Vive review: Truly immersive VR comes at a cost


The HTC Vive offers the best in-home VR experience yet, but it's too unwieldy to truly enjoy for extended play sessions.

Sharp and incredibly immersive VR ; Head tracking is superior to Oculus Rift ; Whole-room VR is impressive ; Motion controllers work well

Expensive ; Tricky setup ; Uncomfortable to wear for long periods

The Vive is no doubt the geekiest thing I have in my home right now -- and that's saying something. It's an impressive effort by HTC, which has had a rough few years in mobile, and Valve. It's oh-so-close to being the Holy Grail of VR experiences. It's...

Apr, 2016

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Expert review by: Brad Bourque (

HTC Vive review


Take the blue pill. HTC's Vive weaves a VR fantasy you'll never want to leave.

You’ll need three things to experience what the Vive has to offer: a VR-ready computer with a very nice graphics card, enough space for room-scale experiences, and $800. The first two aren’t as much of an issue as they seem on the surface. The hardware...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Hayden Dingman (

HTC Vive review: Reach out and touch the virtual world


It's 2:30 a.m., I'm in my bedroom, and I am under attack. Blue and red orbs hurtle towards me and I throw up my arms to deflect them, swaying back and forth to the angry snare hits in Led Zeppelin's Achilles Last Stand. My actual arms—not pressing...

Room-scale VR is incredible at enhancing experiences ; Base stations accurately track an area up to 15ft x 15ft ; Vive controllers borrow liberally from Steam Controller, with excellent results

Headset design not as comfortable as Oculus Rift ; Needs lots of space to take full advantage. Space most people don't have ; SteamVR, at least at launch, is unstable and crash-prone

If we chart the progression of video games from Spacewar and Zork all the way through to 2016, then the HTC Vive is the next logical step towards realism.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Scott Stein (

HTC Vive review


I realize I'm not sure where I am, literally speaking.

The HTC Vive offers a flat-out amazing virtual reality experience with sharp visuals, great motion controls and full-room sensing to walk around in virtual space. Vive hardware can help indicate where your walls are, and an in-helmet camera can be used...

It requires a high-end PC to run. Long wires and lots of equipment take time and space to set up. Steam VR offers a lot of software but it isn't always beginner-friendly.

Vive 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.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Davies (

HTC Vive Review – the Holodeck you always wanted


Virtual Reality is finally coming of age, and with Vive, HTC and Valve believe they have the finest and most flexible interpretation of next-generation gaming. A surprise announcement just a year ago, Vive aims to out-immerse Oculus' Rift by spreading...

Not all virtual reality is created equal. While Oculus’ Rift, Sony’s PlayStation VR, and HTC’s Vive all fall under the VR banner – not to mention Samsung’s Gear VR, Google’s Cardboard, and a host of other options – the actual experience can vary...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (

HTC Vive Pre


The SteamVR-ready HTC Vive Pre developer kit is one of the most comprehensive virtual reality packages we've seen yet, and shows lots of promise for the consumer edition.

Includes headset, motion controllers, and area-defining base station. Excellent motion tracking. Immersive VR.

Tethered headset can be awkward even with very long cable. Possible to lose orientation and knock things down.

Mar, 2016

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (

HTC Vive Review and Ratings


The Vive headset isn't as refined or comfortable as the Oculus Rift's, but the visuals and tracking are just as good, and its motion-tracking controls are a big plus. If you have enough room to use it, it's worth the premium price.

Sharp display with no “screen door” effect ; Wireless motion controllers included ; Excellent motion-tracking of both the headset and controllers ; In-helmet camera shows where you are in the playspace

Not as comfortable as the Oculus Rift ; Requires a beefy PC ; Setup is complex, may require drilling of walls ; Room-scale VR requires 6.5x5 feet of open space ; Earbuds offer mediocre sound quality

The HTC Vive’s headset physical design may not be quite as refined as the competing

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Jaime Rivera (

HTC Vive Review: In VR, “Virtual” Should Feel This “Real”


Watch our full review of the HTC Vive, one of the best experiences with Virtual Reality that we've ever had. Clearly HTC is on to something with this.

May, 2016

Expert review by: Kevin Carbotte (

The HTC Vive Review


The HTC Vive has all of the ingredients to successfully challenge the Oculus Rift, including its 6DoF hand controllers, the ability to walk around in virtual spaces and 100+ games on the way.

Incomparable experience •6DoF controllers•Room-scale tracking•Comfort•Intuitive interface

Price•Bulky cable•Hard on neck and back•Potential tripping hazard

HTC's Vive provides an experience you can't get with any other product. It is expensive, but in our view that cost is justified.

Apr, 2016