Friday February 17, 2017

HTC Receives 2,300 Submissions for Vive Tracker

HTC says that it has received 2,300 submissions from VR developers for a chance at 1,000 HTC Vive Tracker units. They are going to keep the submissions open as they review the applications. The HTC Vive Tracker is the device that you can attach to a baseball bat, tennis racket, etc and track it's movement like you would a regular VR controller. The possibilities are endless for this device as it can utilize anything in the real world and track it in a VR world.

Nice to see such a robust interest in the device. Things like this where you can use real world objects in a VR title will drive innovation and sales. I know plenty of people that can swing a bat, but are clueless what the A, B, or C buttons on a controller are for.

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"We are already seeing fresh thinking for VIVE Tracker and we couldn’t be more excited by the breadth and depth of the applications we’ve received," said Daniel O’Brien, GM, US and EMEA, HTC VIVE. "For us, the tracker represents an important investment in the VR community to grow the future of VR without limits on experimentation."

Developers that got in early and have seen their submissions approved should begin to see the trackers arrive as shipments began last week.