HTC planning to launch mobile VR headset

HTC's Chia-lin Chang has confirmed that the PC-tethered Vive virtual reality headset will be joined by a mobile device before the end of the year. The company's plans about mobile VR, however are not just "a phone slapped onto a headset", but rather something else, though he did not elaborate any further.

HTC has provided no more details on its launch plans, beyond hinting that the device is scheduled to launch before the end of the year.

Cnet speculated that the new VR product might fill the gap between affordable VR technologies that require only a simple headpiece and high-end VR systems that run on powerful PCs. Among the best features of the HTC Vive is the Lighthouse tracking system, which allows the users to plunge themselves into room-scale virtual reality.

The reason why HTC wants to leave Vive behind and developed a mobile version of it is because Samsung's Gear VR has been overshadowing it quite hard.

Although the company posted a swelling net loss in its fourth quarter earnings report, the transition of resources does not necessarily mean that it will only manufacture flagship or premium devices from now on.

For that reason, it's not a surprise to learn that HTC is planning to release more VR headsets in the future; but its next product is going in a slightly different direction. There is also a possibility that an HTC Smartphone will be the VR controller as most of the sensors are there.

Last week though, the company revealed its revenue for January was down 28 percent on its 2016 number, reporting NT$4.7 billion in 2017 compared to NT$6.5 billion a year prior.

An emphasis on virtual reality is a big part of the company's turnaround efforts.

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