HTC Slowly Evolves into a VR Firm as it Preps New Vive VR Headset

February 18, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

HTC’s smartphone business has been going through a dull phase for quite a while, and it barely seems like the Taiwanese manufacturers could make a bounce back. Apparently, the ones who have realized this very fact the most is the company itself. As a result, the company is now expanding its VR foray to make itself get registered in the tech world as a VR company rather than a smartphone company.

During the recent unveiling of the HTC U Ultra smartphone, HTC’s president of global sales Chia-lin has revealed that they will soon be launching a new virtual reality headset. The device will be the second virtual reality headset from HTC following the VIVE VR.

But with what has been revealed, it doesn’t appear like the new VR device will be a proper successor. While the original VIVE was designed for the PCs, its successor will be designed to work with smartphones, something similar to the likes of Samsung Galaxy Gear.

Despite having mobility tied up with VR, HTC says that its new headset won’t be designed to slap a phone on to a headset. That sounds interesting, as all the modern day smartphone VR headsets including require smartphones to be inserted inside the VR headset.

Presumably, the new VR headset could bring in built-in displays, and will have its content and power supplied by a smartphone, which could be connected externally with the headset.

If HTC manages to stay on schedule, its new headset will be launched by the end of this year. Further details have not yet been revealed, but the company has confirmed that its new VR headset will be compatible with the HTC U Ultra smartphone. 

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