If the line-up at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) next week is any indication, virtual reality (VR) technology is soon to be supported by a huge amount of technology companies. Oculus VR, Samsung and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) are the frontrunners with the Oculus Rift, Gear VR and Project Morpheus head-mounted displays (HMD), but Valve, Nvidia, LG and many more are also expected to become contenders in the near future. According to recent rumours, it could be that Taiwanese smartphone company HTC will soon be added to that list.
According to Want China Times, HTC is preparing a new VR HMD to release this month for $300 USD. Along with VR videogames, the company is said to be looking to use the HMD to distribute VR video content, something that Samsung itself has heavily pushed with its Gear VR and the Milk VR App. No other details were mentioned but, if true, it could well be that the company reveals such a device at next week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) from 2nd – 5th March, given the supposed release window.
While not explicitly stated, it’s very possible that this HMD is another device that uses a smartphone to run VR experiences, as with Gear VR. If that’s the case then it will be interesting to see which of its smartphones HTC will mark as compatible with the kit. Traditionally, this type of HMD simply consists of a pair of lenses and a slot to fit the user’s smartphone into. The phone will then display side-by-side content to produce a 3D effect when viewed through the lenses, with its built-in accelerometers and more being used as a solution for head-tracking.
Samsung itself is thought to be revealing a new version of Gear VR to be compatible with its Galaxy S6 smartphone at its Unpacked presentation later today. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR HMDs, reporting back with all of the latest updates on each.