With today being the last of Q3 2015, there’s only a limited window left in the year with a lot still to happen in the virtual reality (VR) industry. Oculus VR, for example, still has to launch pre-orders for both the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and its Oculus Touch controllers. HTC, on the other hand, is still yet to share release information for its HTC Vive HMD, made in partnership with Valve and its SteamVR system. The device is meant to be seeing a limited launch in 2015, and HTC has previously suggested the consumer version will be revealed in October. Do we now know specifically where it will show up?
HTC has sent out alerts (including to VRFocus) for an upcoming HTC One smartphone reveal on 20th October 2015 at 12:00 ET/17:00 GMT. The company hasn’t announced exactly what phone it will be revealing, though a teaser website does include the message ‘#BeBrilliant’, and it’s been suggested that it will be running on the latest version of the Android operating system (OS), 6.0 Marshmallow. The site makes no mention of possible updates on the HTC Vive itself, but could this be the venue for the consumer reveal all the same?
This is complete speculation on VRFocus‘ part, but the HTC Vive did make its unexpected debut at HTC’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in March 2015. That show had previously only been expected to reveal the company’s latest flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9, but the HTC Vive made for a surprise reveal at the very end. Could the same happen here? It would certainly be a good way to draw as large a crowd to the announcement as possible. At least if it isn’t here then we should know the release details in the next 31 days.
Following this year’s limited release, Valve and HTC plan a larger role out of the HTC Vive in 2016. A specific price for the PC-based kit is yet to be announced. VRFocus will continue to follow the company’s work in VR closely, reporting back with any further updates from it.