By Mathew Tan | Staff Writer
As a part of a nationwide college tour, HTC stopped at Purdue to provide people an opportunity to demo the Vive. The Vive is one of their newest products and marks HTC’s foray into the virtual reality market.
Purdue University, the 26th stop along the tour, was chosen along with other colleges such as Michigan State University and Northwestern University for their presence in academia, particularly in engineering and computer science fields. The Vive has attracted a variety of people, however, ranging from medical students to avid gamers to curious eyes walking through the CoRec. The Vive was on campus every day from Monday, February 22nd, from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. The event ended on Thursday, February 25th.
Each person completing the trial was allotted twenty minutes to run through four demos. First on the list was theBlu by Wevr, a deep sea exploration experience. Next was Job Simulator by Owlchemy Labs, where participants complete various office tasks. Following that was Tilt Brush by Google, a 3D painting demo.
Lastly, participants chose between Arizona Sunshine and Aperture Science. The first option, a zombie killing game developed by Steam, was a favorite among Purdue students. The second option was based off Portal, a popular game developed by Valve. Compared to similar virtual reality products such as the Oculus Rift or Playstation VR (formerly known as Project Morpheus), the HTC Vive has a 360-degree room-scale feature that allows users to walk around and interact with the demos. This technology is unique to the Vive and made the demos an even more immersive experience.
Unfortunately, the company does not have immediate plans to return to Purdue. In the meantime, follow @HTCVive to get live updates.