HTC's newfound success with its virtual reality (VR) headset, the Vive, has urged the Taiwanese tech giant to develop a new device that could support smartphones.
At the HTC U launch in Singapore, the company announced that it will soon be launching a VR headset that could support its smartphones. According to the tech giant, the device will only work for the HTC U Ultra. In addition, the upcoming headset will not have a similar design with the Samsung Gear VR, which also supports smartphones. With the Samsung Gear, users simply have to slip their devices in the headset.
"We have a good plan in terms of combining mobility with VR," HTC president of global sales Chia-lin Chang said at the event. "Vive is 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."
Rumor has it that HTC could do a wired approach for its mobile VR headset. Perhaps it will be more similar to the LG 360 VR, which is powered by connecting the smartphone and the device through a USB Type-C cable.
The HTC Vive is a critically acclaimed VR headset that is regarded as one of the best in the current market. But unlike the rest of its competition, the device is more expensive. The VR headset costs $799.
The Vive offers stunning graphics with a 110 field of view and intuitive controls. The gadget, however, needs to be connected to a high-powered PC to have a smooth run.
Little is known about HTC's plan for the price of the upcoming headset, but it might not be as expensive as the Vive. The VR headset produced by its competitor, the Samsung Gear VR, which works on the Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S7, is relatively affordable, at $99. Google's Daydream VR, which works with the Pixel phones, ZTE Axon 7, and the Motorola Moto Z, only costs $79.
More news and updates on HTC's upcoming mobile VR headset should roll out soon.