HTC has announced that it is going to be introducing a VR headset solely in China, later on this year.
HTC has announced that it is going to be introducing a VR headset solely in China, later on this year. This announcement was made at the China Joy 2017 expo where the company teased the possibility of a Vive Standalone headset.
This headset is going to very similar to the one that HTC and Google are going to be bringing to the United States. The major difference between the pair of headsets is on the basis of the VR platforms and the tracking technologies that are being used by each of them.
The version that is being introduced in the United States is going to be using the platform of Google Daydream and the tracking technology being used is WorldSense. The version that is going to be released in China will be based on the platform of Viveport, which is HTCs platform while the tracking technology being used will be Snapdragon VR which is powered by Qualcomm.
A senior director of product management at Qualcomm, Hugo Swart, has given a statement to TechCrunch saying that “It’s following the reference design and the reference design has a given set of specs and features.”
He also gave information about how the tracking technology would work by saying that the technology is supposed to be used for ducking and dodging. This feature sets it apart from the rest of the VR systems that are tethered to a device and can only be used for walking around.
When it comes to the battery life of the VR headset, Qualcomm has a number of partners for OEM in China. These companies are working together in a program for headset accelerators that is going to keep the battery life of the device at two hours.
However, there are a number of features that no information is available about as the companies have not yet spoken about it. The most important of these features includes the input format that the headset is going to be using.
A statement given by an HTC Viveport executive, Alvin W. Graylin, says “China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well.”
The Vive, which is tethered to a PC, runs on the SteamVR platform which is a general favourite for its high accuracy and integration with the online Stream store. Viveport was initially launched by HTC as a hub for all the content that is not gaming related. However, only a month after its launch, it welcomed gaming by introducing a monthly subscription.
There are no details out in the market about the release date for the Vive VR headset. However, HTC has said that it wants to make sure that its VR headset with Google is out in the United States by the end of this year. The pricing, on the other hand, is going to be of the ‘premium’ class of HTC products.
We cannot wait to see what it is that HTC manages to come out with, both in the US and China. Here’s hoping that they make it to India as well!