First Click: HTC Vive ships, Hardcore Henry explodes, and more in the week ahead

April 4th, 2016

Now that the Oculus Rift is (mostly) shipping it’s time for the HTC Vive to take center stage. Created in partnership with Valve, the $799 HTC Vive will begin shipping on Tuesday, April 5th. But unlike the $599 Oculus Rift, Vive owners will receive their hand-held motion controllers now (Rift’s controllers won’t be ready until later in the year) in addition to the Vive headset and laser tracking system to create what HTC calls a “room-scale” VR experience. Adi Robertson and the rest of The Verge's VR crew will have plenty to say about the Vive and how it stacks up against the Rift and PlayStation VR in the days ahead.

Tuesday’s also the day we’ll see the reveal of a new HP laptop that could be the world’s thinnest. The Wall Street Journal says that HP’s new premium laptop is meant to rival Apple in terms of "innovation." And soon we'll have more to say about the Amazon Echo Dot and Tap, the Razer Stealth laptop, and much more in our ongoing coverage of tech.

It’s also a busy week for entertainment. Wednesday will see the debut of Gallant’s forthcoming debut LP Ology before Hardcore Henry hits US theaters on Friday. The first-person action film is exactly what you’d expect when giving a GoPro camera to a Russian punk rocker. Hardcore Henry is the feature-length followup to "Bad Motherfucker" which may or may not turn out to be a good thing.

Friday also marks the release of M83’s new album Junk, a follow-up to 2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming; Melissa McCarthy's new film The Boss; and the Amazon Instant Video premiere of the second season of Catastrophe, the half-hour British comedy about a one-night-stand-turned-relationship.

But that’s all yet to come. First, let’s check in on the weekend that was.


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  6. Tesla got more than twice the Model 3 preorders it expected

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  7. Blue Origin just launched and landed its reusable rocket for the third time

    Private spaceflight company Blue Origin has successfully launched and landed its New Shepard rocket for the third time. On Saturday morning, CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted out that the rocket had a clean...

  8. The Blink Board is the lightest and cheapest electric skateboard yet

    Electric skateboards are an exciting new technology that is currently being hampered by cost. Few companies offer boards below the $1,000 mark, which is five to ten times as expensive as a...

  9. Ask Stoya: I'm ashamed of my webcam masturbation

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