HTC has launched Vive tracker bundles, opening its tracker device to everyday consumers for the 1st time. The Vive tracker could be a small interchangeable motion tracking accessory which will attach to any object in real life, and works with the HTC Vive VR headset. The tracker creates a wireless connection between the item and headset and permits the player to then use the item in the virtual world, that is pretty impressive. The tracker can even be connected to a DSLR camera to make mixed reality videos.
“With Vive tracker, we’ve already seen the tremendous tools and experiences that the development community has created and unleashed into VR,” said Daniel O’Brien, gm of the U.S at Vive in a statement. “The Vive tracker opens up a completely new set of experiences which will take advantage of full body tracking and a number of peripherals that set VR experiences on Vive apart.”
There is a collection of 3rd party software and hardware that can work with the tracking device. HTC points to many objects that’ll be bundled with games and available for pre-order from Nov 16th with arrival expected by mid-December. The accessory packages add a tracker with Duck Season and Hyper blaster gun for $149.99, and a Racket Sports Set which has custom molded and weighted rackets and a tracker with Virtual Sports for $149.99.
The Hyper Blaster is integrated with six different titles at launch, and Vive says it’s working with another 10 developers to integrate the gun. The racket set works with six titles with another 5 expected by the end of the year.
For those who wish to track their bodies — like in dancing games as an example — the TrackStrap will attach to your feet, wrists, hip, or legs to enable full-body VR tracking. A couple of TrackStraps include a Redfood Bluefoot dancing on Steam redemption code and prices $24.99. The TrackStraps are available from today. The tracker on its own retails for $99.99 each.