HTC hit a home run with Vive last year. The Vive headset was perceived well by VR fans all throughout the world, so much so that the company now has a whole semi-division dedicated to improving the platform.
HTC Vive sparked new hope for a company that has been struggling to keep its paces in a matured smartphone market. Tech blog CNET recently spoke with HTC CFO Chia-lin Chang who detailed the company’s future plans. Chang confirmed that a new mobile VR device is to come soon.
HTC feels the desire for a mobile-friendly version of Vive, which is essentially not a mobile device. HTC could be referring to a next generation Vive VR headset with integrated displays. Meaning, that you won’t need a smartphone to conduct the experience. In fact, Chang later mentioned that its future doesn’t entail a “phone slapped onto a headset.”
HTC Vive has been one of the most popular and well-recieved VR devices on the market up through today. If HTC is doing it, then we’re confident that their plans won’t fail to excite us. CNET expects the device to launch before the end of 2017. We look forward to the possibility.