After years being called an anti-social technology, virtual reality (VR) has proven it can connect people in new and meaningful ways. Today, Peter Chou, former CEO of HTC, has announced XRSpace, hardware and software solution dedicated to connecting everyone.
The platform is made up of XRSpace headset, a 5G-capable, standalone device and XRSpace Manova a social world where users can connect, work together, find entertainment, create and more. Neither can be used without the other, so the headset won’t support other storefronts.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, the headset is an all-in-one solution with 5G, LTE, and WiFi connections built-in. While devices like Oculus Quest have just introduced hand tracking the Manova is designed to use gesture controls right out the box. With a sleek looking design the headset includes 6GB RAM and 3 lenses at the front for tracking, plus XRSpace claims the device is 20% lighter than rivals. No other specs have been revealed just yet.
As for XRSpace’s social world instantly conjures up thoughts of Sansar or High Fidelity, two platforms which haven’t succeed in creating the worlds they imagined. Manova will feature customisable full-body avatars, public and private locations such as neighbourhood-like areas or personal home spaces. One of the spaces already mentioned is MagicLOHAS, promoting healthy and active lifestyles like walking, dancing and yoga.
For gamers, XRSpace has begun partnering up with developers to offer Manova users more content. These include Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs by Resolution Games and Cloudlands: VR Minigolf from Futuretown.
“Our mission is to bring people together through the power of 5G XR, surpassing the limited experience of smartphones today. The singular goal of XRSpace, is to take XR to the masses by redefining how people connect, socialize, and collaborate by simplifying the hardware and user experience,” said Peter Chou, founder of XRSpace in a statement. “When XRSpace started 3 years ago, we have been laser-focused at putting regular customers in everything we do. Today we are here to announce a new platform which will take human interaction to a new level through 5G XR.”
XRSpace Manova is expected to begin shipping in Taiwan during Q3 2020, retailing for $599 USD. After this initial launch, Europe, the US and China will follow. As further details regarding XRSpace are released, VRFocus will let you know.
Update: Edited for clarity due the VR headset’s name being changed for legal reasons.