HTC Vive First Impressions

The enormous box containing the HTC Vive arrived. Out on a bike ride, I nearly missed the delivery, but the caught the Fedex driver just as he left the “signature required” note on my door. The HTC Vive shipped in a box that resembled a giant mobile phone package — befitting its HTC roots, I suppose. I’m not writing a lengthy review; there are already a bevy of good reviews out on the webiverse. Consider this my personal take, a return […]

VR Means Performance Matters Again

PCs finally reached the stage where performance doesn’t matter much. Certainly mainstream PC systems deliver enough performance for most users, often at price points well under $1,000. Even serious PC gamers fell off the upgrade train. That’s likely one of the drivers explaining the doldrums in PC sales: once you have enough performance, why upgrade? The hardware industry tried to push users to 4K gaming, but most users lacked interest. The new 21:9 displays attracted more attention, but even a […]