Cher Wang, the CEO of HTC has just confirmed to The Telegraph that pre-orders for the company’s virtual reality headset, Vive, starts on February 29; and that for now, HTC is paying more attention to virtual reality (VR) than smartphones - according to The Telegraph.
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“Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important," CEO Wang said.
Game-maker Valve developed Vive virtual reality to be immersive so as to envelop the wearer when playing games.
It will become available for sales April 2016 and will surely compete with Oculus Rift owned by Facebook, and PlayStation VR owned by Sony.
“I think the problem was competition – Apple, Xiaomi, these companies spend tons of money on communications and marketing, they pump a huge amount of investment into the market,” Wang said. “There are a lot of Chinese competitors.”
The price of Oculus Rift goes for £499. But the price for Vive is not released at the moment and so remains unknown.
The HTC Vive Pre was revealed at the just concluded CES 2016 in Las Vegas and it is a second generation developer kit that is way different from the first version which debuted at the Mobile World Congress in 2015.
With the new Viva VR headset, the user feels comfortable wearing it because it fits perfectly due to its small cage and stable head strap. Moreover, people using glasses can use the headset without any difficulty because it can also be adjusted to fit individual heads.
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With its front-facing camera, you can see your surroundings while wearing the headset and playing games. HTC’s VR lead JB McRee disclosed that technology rewires the human brain and mind in terms of learning new things and the Viva is no exception.