HTC Vive unveils two new VR headsets

HTC Vive unveiled two new virtual reality headsets, along with new software and content offerings, on the eve of CES. The new Vive Pro Eye adds eye-tracking to the high-end Vive Pro headset, allowing users to access gaze-oriented menus without using controllers. Targeted at professional VR users, the new device is due to launch in […]

HTC Vive adds Oculus support for subscription VR service

HTC has broadened support for its Viveport app store and subscription service from its own Vive devices to also include the Oculus Rift. Oculus users are now able to download and purchase hundreds of games and apps from the Viveport store to use with their Rift headset, and can become Viveport Subscriber members. HTC claims […]

Vive Studios to debut first feature-length VR experience

Vive Studios is due premiere what it claims is “the world’s first feature-length cinematic VR experience” at the Raindance Film Festival in London in October. 7 Miracles was created in partnership with Panogramma and Film Production Consultants and recreates the seven miracles performed by Jesus Christ, as told in the Gospel of John, in virtual reality. “We are […]

HTC set to launch wireless adapter for Vive headset

HTC is due to launch the Vive Wireless Adapter in the US next month, which will allow users to experience Vive virtual reality experiences without being tethered to a PC. The adapter is compatible with both Vive and Vive Pro headsets, though Vive Pro owners will need an additional compatibility pack with a connection cable, […]

HTC starts Vive Pro pre-orders, drops price of original Vive

HTC has started taking global pre-orders for its new Vive Pro virtual reality headset and has dropped the price of its original Vive kit by US$100. The Vive Pro is priced at US$799 for the headset only and will start shipping on April 5. The current generation Vive will now cost US$499 for the full […]

HTC chief outlines vision of Vive Reality

HTC is to combine augmented reality, 5G networking capability and artificial intelligence to create Vive Reality, a new enhanced platform, according to Cher Wang, chairwoman of the company. “5G will create new experiences that will transform the way we work, live an play,” said Cher, speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “5G will massively […]

CES: HTC launches new Vive headset, partners with Vimeo on VR video

HTC has unveiled its new Vive Pro virtual reality headset at the CES, promising a 78% increase in resolution over the current generation of Vive headset. The upgraded Vive features dual-OLED displays with 2880 x 1600 picture resolution and integrated headphones with a built-in amplifier to offer a “heightened sense of presence and an overall […]

HTC Vive’s VR/AR accelerator invests in 26 new companies

HTC Vive’s virtual and augmented reality accelerator programme, Vive X, has invested in 26 new companies, as part of third wave of support for VR and AR startups. Vive X invests in companies with an aim of building and enhancing the global VR and AR ecosystem, and the new companies work across a range of […]

VR headset shipments exceed one million for the first time in Q3

Global virtual reality headset shipments exceeded one million units for the first time in the third quarter of 2017, according to Canalys data. The research firm said that VR headset shipments show “no signs of slowing” and claimed that Oculus dropping the price of its Rift headset to US$399 has “definitely helped drive adoption”. Sony […]

HTC launches Vive Focus, shelves Daydream plans

HTC has launched Vive Focus, its first standalone virtual reality headset for the Chinese market, at its Vive Developer Conference in Beijing. The device will offer inside-out six-degree-of-freedom tracking without needing to be attached to a PC or a phone. It contains an AMOLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and uses the Vive Wave VR […]