Tag: HTC

The VR headset market is about to get way too crowded and confusing

Once, there was a single VR headset. Today there are quite a few, and within months, there will certainly be too many in the marketplace for most people to count. Consumers are about to enter the most confusing time in VR’s history. There are already four tiers of decidedly different devices to choose from, and throughout […]

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Oculus Rift: The inside story

Among journalists, no one has gotten inside the story of the Oculus Rift as much as Blake Harris, who has just published The History of The Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution, a book about Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and the creation of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. In part one of our coverage, […]

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HTC’s Viveport Infinity unlimited VR service will cost $99 per year

Back in January, HTC announced an all-you-can-consume VR subscription service called Viveport Infinity, but a key detail — pricing — was left ambiguous. Today, the company announced that the service will launch on April 2 with $99 annual or $13 monthly price tags, but deals will be offered to entice early subscribers to the platform. […]

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Why HTC targeted Vive Pro at gamers, and why Pro Eye won’t replace it

HTC has a lot of new VR headsets. There’s much to learn about the Vive Cosmos, but there’s two new additions coming to the enterprise side too. The upcoming Vive Pro Eye improves on the first Pro with integrated eye-tracking, for example. Meanwhile, the newly-announced Vive Focus Plus succeeds a three month-old headset with new six degrees of freedom […]

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Ubergizmo’s Best of MWC 2019

With 5G and foldable phones entering the market in 2019, this year’s Mobile World Congress was full of excitement, but not all products are created equal, and some are more eye-catchy than others. Here’s what we think is worthy of your attention, in no particular order. Huawei Mate X A head-turner, the Huawei Mate X […]

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VR and cloud gaming frenzy seizes MWC as 5G hype builds

With 5G networks rolling out, the telecom industry and its partners are trying to identify use cases that will justify the trillions of dollars they are spending on this infrastructure. MWC Barcelona 19 this week left little doubt what many believe to be the answer: virtual reality and cloud gaming. Across the sprawling showroom floors […]

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HTC’s blockchain phone Exodus 1 will open to non cryptocurrency sales starting at $699

HTC has announced that consumers will soon be able to purchase its blockchain-based smartphone Exodus 1 in U.S. dollars and other non-crypto “Fiat” currencies around the world. Starting some time in March, anyone will be able to buy the Exodus 1 for $699 or their local currency equivalent. By way of a quick recap, Project […]

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HTC 5G Hub will launch on Sprint’s 2.5GHz network in spring 2019

Until the U.S. government approves T-Mobile’s acquisition of Sprint, the third- and fourth-place carriers will be launching separate 5G cellular networks with different hardware — and HTC is ready to help kick off Sprint’s 5G initiative this spring. Following a tease by Sprint back in November 2018, the smartphone and VR headset maker today confirmed […]

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HTC announces Vive Focus Plus standalone VR headset for Q2 2019

HTC’s Vive Focus was one of last year’s most puzzling VR products, a premium standalone headset released first in China before making its late 2018 international debut — but only for enterprise customers. Today, HTC’s kicking it up a notch with the announcement of Vive Focus Plus, an upgraded model with more sophisticated tracking and […]

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Docomo creates first 5G-ready streaming system for 8K stereoscopic VR

Cellular carriers and chipmakers have promised that high-bandwidth, low-latency 5G networks will enable smooth live streaming of events to virtual reality headsets — assuming someone assembles all the technologies needed to actually make it happen. Japanese carrier NTT Docomo announced a major step forward today: the “world’s first 8K 3D virtual reality system” for live 5G […]

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GDC 2019 survey: 33% Of VR devs are working on Vive, 21% On Quest

GDC’s annual State of the Game Industry survey of developers is out ahead of the 2019 Game Developers Conference in March and it offers some some new data about developer sentiment relative to the VR/AR market. You can check out last year’s report here showing Vive continues to drive the most interest among developers. On this year’s […]

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Inside Sirin Labs’ first blockchain smartphone retail store

Way back in March 2016, an Israeli stealth startup called Sirin Labs unveiled the premium privacy-focused Solarin smartphone. The catch? The device would cost a hefty $14,000 — somewhat outside the price range of the average consumer. Fast-forward nearly three years, and Solarin is no more. Sirin Labs actually announced a pivot back in March […]

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At CES 2019, VR and AR took small but meaningful steps forward

Ahead of 2019’s Consumer Electronics Show, I hoped to see several key developments with next-generation VR and AR headsets — dramatically higher-resolution PC VR headsets, compelling standalone VR headsets, and and less conspicuous AR headsets with wider fields of view. I won’t tell you that these predictions turned out to be fully correct, but they weren’t completely […]

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HTC Vive Pro Eye: Why the company added eye-tracking to VR

At CES 2019 this week, HTC continued to push the high end of virtual reality forward. HTC added eye-tracking to its new Vive Pro Eye high-end virtual reality headset. This adds new features like foveated rendering, advanced analytics for developers, and eye-tracking input for game and application developers. HTC showed a few enterprise and game-related features […]

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5 big questions VR faces in 2019

Between the launch of Oculus Go, Vive Pro, and an onslaught of new titles, 2018 was a busy year for VR. But it’s no secret that more exciting developments lay ahead for 2019. Current PC VR headsets are starting to get a little long in the tooth and in need of a refresh, whereas the […]

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Skeptics be damned, these early 5G devices are worth watching in 2019

Back in January, a CES panel of cellular insiders correctly predicted that 2018 would be remembered as the “road to 5G” — a year of laying the foundation for ultra-fast fifth-generation cellular devices to launch in early 2019. Hundreds of 5G announcements have followed since then, some more significant than others, and a few companies have […]

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