The HTC Vive Tracker went on sale for $99 a little over a week ago and it’s already sold out in the US. The initial batch was supposedly released for developers, but Vive owners discovered that the checkout process didn’t require developer status to complete the transaction. HTC says the first wave has been claimed for, but didn’t mention specifically how many were available to start with.
HTC is still accepting orders for the Tracker, but a warning is listed on the site saying “currently on back order.” If you place an order now or before HTC restocks inventory know that your order is going to take a little longer and will be fulfilled in the order it was received. Anyone can go tot the sales page and checkout with a major credit card or PayPal account.
With orders going live recently, it would appear that HTC has comfortably fulfilled large pre-orders and is ready to get the tracking accessory into more hands. After the Consumer Electronics Show HTC gave 1000 Trackers away to applicable developers. We recently saw a post from the group working on the PP Gun showing their first shipment of Trackers to pair with the rifle and pistol models had arrived.
Should you buy a Tracker?
We think there isn’t a question that you’re going to want at least one Vive Tracker; even if at this point you can’t image what you’d do with it. The real question is do you want one right now. Sometimes it’s good to be an early adopter, but in this case you should wait. Developers are starting to receive the Trackers and are working hard to give us reason why to buy one or two or three!
What can the Tracker be used for?
HTC debuted the Vive Tracker at CES and they had a whole showroom full of partner products involving the Tracker. So far we’ve seen it paired with a plastic rifle, pistol, tennis racket, baseball bat, and a fire hose. There’s been much talk about full body tracking and some new doors that would open. HTC shared some open source code for devs to build full body tracking into VR experiences.
HTC is recommending full body tracking with the use of three Vive Trackers, but we’re surprised they haven’t released any details about a bundle package to buy for full body tracking.
The Vive blog mentions a few additional ways the Tracker can be used. Strap on some real boxing gloves and have your wrists tracked while throwing jabs and upper cuts. The Tracker has the thread to fit on a camera and there’s even a company that has made a custom VR camera with a slick display.
The Vive Tracker is going to add value to many VR experiences and as we enter year 2.0 with the Vive. We are excited to see what is to come! How would you use the Tracker? Stay tuned to us on social media for an upcoming giveaway that may include a Vive Tracker!
Source: Vive Blog
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