Note: Lightstands option not needed for most people, as I include clamps with every rental - Please see Accessories tab for more info.
Dates not available? Occasionally because of estimated shipping buffers between rentals, gear may still be available when it shows as not here. Please contact us if you'd like to double check specific dates you're after that don't show as available.
The Vive headset is truly immersive VR. You can walk around with the headset on, and the feeling of being somewhere else, and the sense of scale, are simply incredible! Walk under the ocean and see just how big a whale really is. Trying archery? Reach behind your head to grab an arrow, then hold the controllers in front of you and draw one towards your body; just as drawing a real arrow. Release the trigger, and watch the arrow fly. Quickly spin around though, there's something behind you!
As you walk around the Chaperone guidance system also warns you if you're approaching the bounds of your play area.
The two wireless motion controllers can use intuitive gestures, such as the bow and arrow scene I described above. This means playing games and interacting with the virtual world comes naturally. From kids to grandparents, this is something people of any age can experience.
Each controller features 24 sensors for accurate tracking and unobstructed movement. You get that 360˚ motion tracking with Vive thanks to two base stations that plots the headset and controllers exact location in space. When setting it up, you walk around the boundary of your play area, and it learns the layout. Vive supports sizes of 1.5 x 2 meters or larger (so long as the sensors are 5 meters apart or less). And if that's not enough room, no worries, there's a standing mode too.
Swinging around a lightsaber, shooting down aliens, racing cars, being attacked by zombies... all great videogame experiences, but virtual reality takes them all to an entirely different level. There's playing them, then there's experiencing them. There's also non-game software such as 3D painting with Tilt Brush by Google, and even Disney have their own free VR experiences.
Hire HTC Vive, please see the tabs along the top of this description, which detail computer requirements, accessories, shipping and our terms and conditions. You can also see the date a headset is next available, and book dates by e-mailing us.
What else do you need?
Aside from a PC (your own, or one from us), the only thing you need is headphones or earphones (any standard ones will do). We do provide a bundle of games as an option though, as seen in the Accessories tab.
Put your PC to the test...
Steam host a completely free VR Performance Test which will benchmark your computer and tell you how it may fare running VR. Naturally it's only an indicator, not a guarantee, but it's pretty comprehensive test.
What do you need?
The minimum system requirements for the headset are:
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
CPU: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
RAM: 4 GB or more
Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer (HDMI cable included in rentals)
USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10
It's strongly recommended to use the Steam tool linked at the top of the tab here to test your PC, even if you believe it meets these requirements.
Clamps - Included Free!
At no extra charge with every Vive rental, we include clamps with mini ball heads attached, so you can place the two sensor boxes high up in either corner of your room. These sensor boxes should ideally be 2 meters or higher from the ground, and need to be 5 meters or less apart.
The idea is that the sensors can see each other, even when you're standing in between them. So if Tyrion Lannister was playing, you'd be fine with having them lower down. The clamps will attach onto a solid surface up to 4cm thick (or a little more if needed).
However if you don't have anywhere for the clamps to go, we also offer lightstands which can hold the sensor boxes. These lightstands extend to 2 meters, and are only $10 to rent two, plus shipping ($29.90). This can be selected in the Optional Extras section above.
Details on the games are included at the very end of our Rental PDF, complete with links to trailers on YouTube.
We use Courier Post to ship nationwide, and shipping is charged per item. The shipping price includes return.
Within Christchurch: $5 each way = $10 total
South Island (Overnight): $14.95 each way = $29.90 total
North Island (2 - 3 Business Days): $14.95 each way = $29.90 total
North Island (Overnight): $26.95 to you + $14.95 return = $41.90 total
+ $4 for Rural
When does my rental begin?
We aim to have your gear delivered on the day you select the rental to start. Occasionally it may arrive a day earlier (freebie bonus!) and very rarely later because of courier post delays or other issues. In the case it arrives later, your rental begins on the day it does arrive, and the end of your rental is extended also.
This is rare, but it's also why we recommend for any event or such where you require the gear on a certain date, please book the rental to start at least 3 business days before you absolutely need it. Aside from Courier delays, this covers you for any issues setting it up. That's also rare, but like your mother probably told you, better safe than sorry. Although your mother also probably told you not to sit so close to the TV, or your eyes will go square. Look ma, see how close the screens in this headset are!
How do I return the rental?
On the day your rental ends, the parcel just needs to be returned to any NZ Post shop before their last pickup (usually around 4pm to 5pm at latest). The prepaid courier sticker we give you with the gear, just gets stuck on the parcel, they scan it and give you a receipt, and you're done. Easy. But also sad, because goodbyes are always hard.
Can You Rent?
You need to be 18 or older (unless married), have a valid NZ drivers license or valid NZ passport, and be able to afford the full replacement costs of the item if needed. Those costs are detailed in the T&C's below
What Happens In Addition to Checkout
❶ You'll need to email us a photo or scan of your ID to upload. Either a valid NZ drivers license or valid NZ passport.
❷ You need to read and sign the Terms and Conditions, and email us a photo or scan of that. You can electronically sign if it adequately identifies you as a match to your ID.
I know it's common to skip reading the terms and conditions, but for your own protection it really is important to read these. They cover a lot of potential costs which you must be able to afford if you're renting, and have been kept as easy to read as possible.
If you have any questions at all, please do feel free to e-mail and ask.
The Rental Terms and Conditions:
• HTC Vive