HTC too is reportedly planning to launch a virtual reality device at the upcoming CES 2017 conference scheduled to take place from 5th to 8th January at Las Vegas, US. The Taiwan-based technology company is likely to unveil successor of its Vive virtual reality headset, being tipped as the HTC Vive 2, according to a report in Digitimes.
The second generation of HTC Vive may come with a wireless transmitter to connect with PCs. It is expected to include two 4K displays with a monitor refresh rate of 120Hz. The current model has a refresh rate of 90Hz.
What fuels this speculation is HTC’s recent move to drop the price of its Vive in China by 10%. This the analysts say has been done to makeway for the upcoming model.
Earlier this year, HTC launched its own app store for VR content. Dubbed Viveport, the app store offers content for entertainment, educations, art, social and more.
The upcoming world’s first 3D-printed VR art exhibition will showcase 3D-printed artworks in virtual reality in collaboration with HTC Vive. The event is scheduled from January 11 to 14 2017.
In 2016, several new players entered the market for virtual reality devices. Companies like Lenovo, Karbonn, Intex, Xiaomi and others unveiled their VR headsets during the year. However none of them is as advanced as the HTC Vive or the Oculus VR.
Earlier this month, Xiaomi launched its virtual reality headset Mi VR Play in India. The VR headset, introduced in China earlier this year, features a zipper design which can hold smartphones. It’s made from Lycra Fabric and is also fairly lightweight.
Intex too recently launched Eyelet Cardboard, which is the first of its kind VR device to be certified by Google. The company calimed it to be a version of Google Cardboard.