In the world of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) sales have been dominated by mobile devices such as Samsung Gear VR which offer a cheaper, entry level alternative to costly headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. This trend is likely to continue and HTC is very well aware of this fact, recently revealing plans of its own for 2017.
During the HTC U series launch event in Singapore, HTC Chief Financial Officer Chia-lin Chang said in an interview with CNET that: “We have a good plan in terms of combining mobility with VR.
“Vive is very top end, and in the coming months you’ll see our plans in terms of mobility and VR, and it’s not a phone slapped onto a headset,” Chang added. “It’d be a different thing.”
Up to now the majority of mobile VR HMDs have revolved around smartphone enabled devices like Gear VR and Google’s Daydream View, as it means the headsets aren’t expensive and can be easily used with a device most people have already acquired. From these comments though, its sounds as if HTC plans on making an all-in-one headset similar to that of the Pico Neo CV, an untethered device that houses all of the computing power needed to run experiences.
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As VRFocus learns more about HTC’s mobile plans we’ll report back.