HTC Vive Dev Kit Unboxing

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Christmas came early, received the HTC Vive dev kit! Yes it’s relatively late compared to when other studios got them, but its infinitely better to have it than to not.

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upon first opening

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upon first opening

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typical Valve humor on their manuals

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the Vive headset is contained in the box branded HTC

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it’s interesting to see the effort spent in packaging the HMD despite its developer status

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nice smooth bag wrapping the HMD

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Vive controllers in box 1

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the lighthouses are in box 2

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here’s everything together

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seems like there were adhesive mounting pads, but I rather not risk it

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Vive controllers, lighthouses, and the HMD

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Lighthouse closeup

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just to make sure everything works, I mounetd it on a light stand first, with a ballhead tripod head from my Gorillapod

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next came actually mounting it on the wall to ensure stability

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the mounting bracket

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the ball socket is locked in the mounting bracket and tightened with a hex key.

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since the power cable to the lighthouses are short, to protect the plugs, I made sure the weight hung off something else rather than the plug itself

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a similar potentially cord-damaging design was the upwards pointing of the HDMI, USB and power plugs. To prevent all the weight of the long cord hanging on the plugs, I tied it to the side strap and let it bear the weight instead.

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