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HTC Vive pre-orders start February 29th; CEO Wang says VR is more important than smartphones

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HTC Vive pre-orders start February 29th; CEO Wang says VR is more important than smartphones
HTC's VR headset, the HTC Vive, will be available for pre-orders starting on February 29th. According to HTC co-founder and CEO Cher Wang, the company is focusing on Virtual Reality and away from smartphones. According to Wang, HTC is now "more realistic." The newly revised developer kit was unveiled at CES and included the front-facing camera that can add a dose of reality to your virtual reality. The HTC Vive will go on sale in April, although pricing has yet to be announced.

HTC's smartphone offerings have not been selling lately, and the HTC One M9 was not competitive in the big flagship battle that manufacturers like HTC, Apple, Samsung, LG and others engage in every year. We still expect the HTC One M10 in 2016, but it increasingly seems that HTC's heart is no longer in the game. And that is sad considering the company's legacy in producing some of the most famous smartphones of the past. That includes the T-Mobile G1, the first Android powered handset. The Windows Mobile flavored HTC HD2 offered what was considered back then a massive 4.3-inch screen, and the Nexus One kept Androidmania going after the Motorola DROID started to fade.

"Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important...I think the problem was competition – Apple, Xiaomi, these companies spend tons of money on communications and marketing, they pump a huge amount of investment into the market. There are a lot of Chinese competitors."-Cher Wang, co-founder and CEO, HTC

Recent changes were made in the design of the HTC Vive headset to make it lighter, and to allow those wearing glasses to don the device comfortably. The release of the Vive's pre-order date comes after reservations started being accepted for the Oculus Rift VR headset, priced at $599. That device will ship in March.

If you're interested in our experience with the HTC Vive, check out our hands-on with the developer kit by clicking here.

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source: Telegraph

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posted on 11 Jan 2016, 14:29 2

1. aegislash (Posts: 196; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Seeing as Cher Wang is CEO of a company whose smartphone sales are a major flop these days, of course she'd say VR is more important than smartphones.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 15:25

4. sgodsell (Posts: 3056; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


If they price this near the Oculus Rift, then they will only sell a few. Besides Mobile VR is going to take 80-90% of the entire VR market share.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:15 1

5. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


This thing will easily be $899.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 22:10

11. vincelongman (Posts: 3975; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Wouldn't be surprised

Oculus Rift is $599 for just the HMD, Xbox One Controller, headset and a couple games
The full Vive bundle would include the HMD, SteamVR controllers, Lighthouse tracking system and a couple games

Also PS VR is supposedly $1125/£546 according to Amazon
Although that's because it includes an eGPU since the PS4 isn't powerful enough by itself

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/12092607/HTC-Vive-pre-orders-to-start-on-February-29.html

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 07:32

17. sgodsell (Posts: 3056; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


As if the PS VR will be $1125/£546. The conversation alone for 546 pounds is 787 dollars. Besides that the PS4 can run at 1.8 teraflops. The Xbox One is only 1.3 teraflops. You make it sound like 1.8 teraflops is nothing in terms of computing power. On the contrary that is a ton of computing power. The fastest phone at the beginning of 2016 say using a Snapdragon 820 will have almost 600 gflops. At the end of 2016 the fastest phones will have around 1 teraflops. No wonder why mobile VR is going to command and control the largest market share of VR, and at a fraction of the price with greater mobility, and more uses than just VR.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 14:04

18. vincelongman (Posts: 3975; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


1.8 teraflops is low end in 2016

The recommended GPUs for Oculus are the 970 (3.5 teraflops) and 290 (4.85 teraflops)
And those are old GPUs, now considered mid range
The new flagship 2016 GPUs should be 10+ teraflops

Even Intel have a Skylake CPU with an 1.1 teraflops iGPU coming this year

BTW teraflops for different architectures perform differently, e.g. the 1.3 teraflops GTX 750 Ti matches the PS4 in most games

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:16 3

6. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 238; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


then they'll sell more than Oculus Rift.. cuz they are better than Oculus so far

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:34

7. bur60 (Posts: 821; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Need to do ur homework

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 18:20 2

8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2079; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I loved my Gear VR (S6 version), but if Sony prices their Morpheus VR headset correctly and it is a competitive offering, the VR market will be theirs. I'm still going to get the new Gear VR, but I'll be wanting the Sony headset because I think they have the muscle to get great games on it.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 22:13 1

12. vincelongman (Posts: 3975; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


PS VR is supposedly $1125/£546 according to Amazon
Although that's because it includes an eGPU since the PS4 isn't powerful enough by itself
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/12092607/HTC-Vive-pre-orders-to-start-on-February-29.html

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 23:51 1

15. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2079; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Ugh, then it will be stillborn at that price. I could upgrade my desktop and buy an Oculus for that price.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 01:26

16. vincelongman (Posts: 3975; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yea, I was surprised too
Maybe its a placeholder or is including a PS4

Personally, I'm waiting for the second gens
I want to see how Oculus vs Vive plays out
Also since that allows me to wait for the 2017 GPUs

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 18:22 2

9. ibend (Posts: 3155; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


wait until this one make another flop.. next year he'll say smartwatch is more important than VR and smartphone

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 15:09

2. izim1 (Posts: 377; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


not to mention the handful of "carrier" branded phones that existed before Android. And you had the touch pros. The original HD. Heck Even the m7 was awesome enough to be copied by apple later on. Now it's as if whoever is in charge is just willing to let HTC die...

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 15:14

3. nebula (Posts: 472; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


What a troubled company maybe not. Well if Vive will succeed good on you consumers will have great product too . Just who are you fulling here . M7 was brilliant phone so you had for great smartphone formula. And problem lies in company alone because HTC stopped innovating and just keep on flagging dead horse. Where is the proof? The proof is what they achieved with Vive in such short time. I simply think they deliberately shifting from smartphone industry focusing on a product like vive because android market is hard to make buck and while VR market is quiet new and little competition they just did hat they did. I am sure 100% they can create a great smartphone. The thing is if they want to.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 19:35 1

10. Dude2014 (Posts: 433; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Valve is the key here

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 22:15

13. artificialintelligence (Posts: 147; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)


i hate to see HTC just give up on the smartphone business HTC made some darn good phones in the past like the HTC evo , the HTC thunderbolt , the list goes on if they can just reincarnate some of the old phones that they made like the evo and made a version 2 with some high ends specs i guarantee the sinking ship will sink no more but i guess it is what it is LG is the new HTC hate to say it

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 23:32 1

14. Af1rPA (Posts: 652; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Sounds a lot like an excuse for her poor leadership last year. This bitch needs to be dropped from HTC.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 07:18

19. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Want to see stuff in 3D and life like?? Go outside...

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