HTC Vive preorders open tomorrow

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I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, the Vive will be open for Preorders starting on Feb 29, and will be shipping in early April.  I am looking forward to getting both headsets in March/April of this year.

Click on the image to go to the HTC Vive website.

On another note, they have also revealed all of their pricing information.  It will cost $799 in the US, and more in most other parts of the world.  I can cartainly see why people are talking about not getting the first gen headsets, as they are fairly expensive.

You can view all of their pricing info on the HTC Vive blog.  I do find some of the markups odd, though many countries do have import fees that can really increase the price of devices from foreign counties.

That’s all for now, have an awesome day.

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The HTC Vive will reportedly cost $799

I find it funny that people were going on about how the Vive would cost so much less than the Oculus back when the price was revealed back in early January.  I felt that the fact that there’ll be more hardware coming with the Vive would cause the price to be higher, and it appears that I was correct.  I find it interesting that so many people are getting very agitated about the high prices of the upcoming VR Headsets, but VR is a fairly new technology.  Back when the price for the Oculus was revealed some people pointed out that DVD players, Bluray Players, and HDTVs were all extraordinarily expensive when they first became available.  Some of those pieces of equipment could cost in the thousands of dollars back in the day.

I for one am planning on ordering the Vive when pre-orders start at the end of February, I’d love to compare the Oculus CV1 to the Vive.  I’m hoping that the facial padding is a bit better than in the Oculus DK2, as it has started to pull free from the plastic and has become a bit of a nuisance.  It’ll be fun getting to play games in higher quality VR in the near future.  Preorders for the Vive will start February 29, and they’ll start shipping in April.

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iPhone Date crash, Windows 10 update history, and Intel overclocking

This has been a fairly interesting week in computer news, first of all, a number of articles about Intel stopping motherboard manufactuers from allowing overclocking on their non K series CPUs.  I can certainly see why Intel would want to stop people from overclocking their cheaper lines of CPUs, They want people to buy the higher-end K series or X series.  This only appears to apply to the Skylake line of CPUs, older CPUs cannot be overclocked unless their in intels K or X series.  There are also some articles talking about Intel and Microsoft pushing ‘microcode’ updates to the CPUs via Windows Update to make sure that they can’t be overclocked.  In the end it would be best to purchase the more expensive CPU if you want to overclock.  Here’s a more in-depth article about this, though the title could be a bit … misleading.  The mircocode update hasn’t been pushed out yet.

On more Windows Update related news, Microsoft has started posting the full changelogs for Windows 10 updates.  This is a very good change, as it will allow IT Staff to see what MSFT is pushing out before they deploy it to their orginizations.  I wonder why they thought that not showing people what has been changed was a good idea, every previous version of Windows has had a site where you can see their update history.

The site looks a bit spartan, but here is the link if you want to see the changelogs.

And finally, Apples 64 bit IOS devices have a very huge bug…

 

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VLC is 15 years old

This is interesting, the popular VLC Media player is now 15 years old.  I use VLC very often, it is probably one of the most flexible media players out there.  I use it almost every day as it’s my default media player on all of my operating systems.  I don’t have much else to say right now, so have a nice day. If you want to read more about VLC, click on the image below.15years

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