Tag: Vive

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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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 files Vive Cosmos trademark

HTC may finally be rolling out its Vive Focus standalone headset to businesses this month, but a new trademark filing has us wondering what else the company is working on. The Taiwanese smartphone maker recently filed a trademark at the EUIPO (first spotted by Dutch site Mobielkopen) for something called ‘Vive Cosmos’. There’s no exact description of what […]

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HTC Vive joins VirtualLink, a cable standard now backed by all major PC VR players

A universal cable standard for virtual reality devices can’t be considered “universal” without the participation of all the major makers of VR hardware. That vision is coming closer to reality now that HTC Vive has announced it’s joining a group focused on bringing USB-C connectors to all future VR headsets. Back in July, an organization called the […]

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Firefox Reality browser arrives for HTC Viveport, Oculus Go, and Daydream

Mozilla announced back in April that it was developing Firefox Reality, a next-generation web browser specifically for standalone VR and AR devices, and now it’s actually here. Firefox Reality 1.0 is available today as a set of free downloads for HTC Viveport, Oculus Go, and Daydream headsets. In addition to offering 2D and immersive web […]

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IDC expects rebound after VR shipments fell an ‘artificial’ 33.7% in Q2 2018

Despite recording a 33.7 percent drop in worldwide shipments of VR headsets during 2018’s second quarter, IDC is forecasting a sunny outlook for future quarters. The explanation: Last year’s numbers were “artificially propped up” when Samsung, Google, and Alcatel bundled cheap VR mounting accessories with smartphones, and though inexpensive standalone headsets are starting to pick […]

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VR’s next goal: Quickly winning over new users

If you look deeply into recent VR announcements, past the high-level spec changes and aesthetic considerations, you’ll notice an important developing trend: Headset makers are actively trying to make VR easier for new users to experience — quickly. Over the past year, many VR companies have pivoted either fully or partially to embrace the technology’s […]

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