Taiwan-based smartphone giant HTC is one of the most dominant players in the Virtual Reality technology industry and is competing against the likes of giants such as Oculus and Sony.
Last year in April 2016, the company announced its first Virtual Reality Headset – The HTC Vive – in partnership with Valve. Due to its superior design and immersive features, the Vive could give HTC an early edge in this market.
However, the only issue with the Vive VR headset is that it requires a high-end PC to be connected with wires, to fetch high quality and immersive content.
However, the latest reports are showing that HTC could launch its first untethered mobile VR headset this year. It’s already a crowded market with existing players like Samsung and Google among many others who have wireless VR headset solutions with a snap-in/snap-out smartphone attachment. But HTC says that unlike these wireless VR headsets, the company is planning something completely different.
In his recent interview with CNET, HTC’s president of global sales, Chia-lin Chang said
We have a good plan in terms of combining mobility with VR. Vive is the 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. It’d be a different thing.
Chang further stated that the company could be launching this suspicious VR headset by the end of this year. We believe that the upcoming mobile VR Headset could be a standalone device with all the machine power and sensor technologies built into the headset itself.
VR and AR technology is believed to be the next big thing after smartphones for the tech industry. As a result, many developers and content creators are working towards coming with powerful solutions for users.
HTC CEO, Cher Wang said that the company is also working towards bringing better content to its headsets. She says
We have learned much from our entrance into the world of virtual reality, and we believe our focused approach to building the ecosystem is the right strategy to enable the whole industry to expand through the creation of compelling content and rich experiences.
Further details about the specs for the upcoming HTC headset are sparse at the moment, and we are eager to hear about it sometime soon.