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

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.


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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18 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

This thing will easily be $899.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 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

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 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

6. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

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

7. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Need to do ur homework

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 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 itselfhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/12092607/HTC-Vive-pre-orders-to-start-on-February-29.html

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 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

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 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.

10. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Valve is the key here

13. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 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

14. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

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

19. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

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