HTC’s mobile VR headset won’t be something you slot a phone into

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HTC has revealed plans to release a mobile VR headset that is unlike what we have come to expect from the platform.

Mobile VR is – to borrow a phrase from AMD’s Raja Koduri – bad VR. The first time you use something like Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR you feel a sense of wonder before realising its not very good.

Unless you’re willing to cough up for a “real” VR headset such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Playstation VR however, mobile VR is your only option, for now.

Speaking to Cnet in Singapore, HTC president of global sales Chia-lin Chang revealed plans to release a mobile VR solution.

“We have a good plan in terms of combining mobility with VR,” Chang told Cnet.

“Vive is very top end, and in the coming months you’ll see our plans in terms of mobility and VR, and it’s not a phone slapped onto a headset,” he said.

The president added that this VR platform would launch before the end of 2017. The headset will be compatible with HTC’s U Ultra smartphone.

A headset that doesn’t require an expensive PC or console to provide a great VR experience is something we think the technology really needs to be successful, that and we’d really like to ditch this Google Cardboard we’ve been using for the last year.

 

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.

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