China Releases Group Standard for VR Industry
HTC work with Chinese industry and government figures to develop new standard for HMDs.
The first VR Summit forum for International Cooperation: Opening Up Opportunities for Mutual Progress was held in Beijing on 6th of April, during which a group standard was developed for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) by representatives of the Chinese VR industry.
The new group standard is titled ‘General Specifications for Virtual Reality Head-Mounted Displays’ and it will play and important role in regulating the design, production and quality control of tethered and mobile VR devices. The Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance (IVRA) was also formally established, which will play a part in integrating the Chinese VR industry with the global market.
HTC Vive, the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and the China Electronics Standardisation Committee (CESI) formed part of the group that worked together with the Department of Electronic Information of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to produce the new standards. Feng Zhang, Chief Engineer of MIIT, said during his opening speech for the forum that: “The release of the standard is fundamental to guide the VR hardware market, which is critical to driving the healthy development of the entire VR ecosystem. China’s VR ecosystem is still in its early stages thus advancement and accumulation of core technologies and best practices are highly needed.”
“As an industry leader in both China’s VR industry and globally, we are honored to have been invited to play an integral role in the development of this VR standard,” said Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of HTC Vive and Vice-Chairman of IVRA. “China is the first country to implement an official VR industry standard, showing how important the development of VR is to the Chinese government. The release of this standard will raise the quality bar for VR device vendors, provide more standardized specifications for content developers and ensure that end users will have a more consistently positive experience across VR devices.”
The full detailed specification for the new standards have yet to be released, but should soon be available on the CESI website (website is in Chinese).
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