After selling key smartphone assets last year, HTC now focuses heavily on virtual reality devices from Vive. That's why the company is using the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018 for two major steps: the expansion of its standalone Vive Focus headset and the prospect of Future Mobile 5G Products
Currently available only in China, the Vive Focus will be launched globally in the near future. " HTC said while the $ 600 Focus Focus was designed as a standalone VR headset with 6-degree freedom-tracking (DoF) and its own 3DoF controller, HTC recently announced wireless Viveport and Steam VR content of one Showcase how fast and responsive streaming is going to be.
With a new version of Riftcat VRidge software running on a 5GHz Wi-Fi connection, the Focus can deliver the hit rhythm game Beat Saber This is not an easy feat, as Beat Saber requires players to quickly respond to song changes in seconds and blocks in sync to cut with the music.
PC streaming is expected to expand the game collection supported by Focus by hundreds, albeit only near their computer. The updated version of VRidge, which supports this functionality, will be released on Viveport M in the coming weeks, and users can connect Vive Focus, Xbox and third-party controllers directly to the PC to control streaming titles.
Ahead In addition to the worldwide launch of Focus, HTC also announced that it will provide voice assistant support for the device in the future and provide incentives to encourage more developers to create headset apps. The company announced that developers at Viveport "will retain all profits by 30 September 201
On the 5G front, HTC also announced the signing of an agreement with China Mobile to cooperate in popularizing VR and 5G mobile services in China. China Mobile has already announced a 5G Devices Forerunner initiative to bring new 5G products from multiple vendors to the market. At the end of February 2018, a partnership with several mobile phone manufacturers took place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. HTC's participation starts with China Mobile in retail Vive VR headsets, while HTC is working on new 5G-enabled devices.
The partnership could benefit both companies. Live streaming of virtual reality content directly to standalone headsets is expected to be one of the first major breakthroughs in 5G, as 5G will be the first wireless standard with low latency, high bandwidth VR hardware. Back in February, HTC licensed Qualcomm's 5G-enabled X50 modem for unspecified future products, which at the time included more sequels to the rest of the U Series smartphones.
One hurdle in the deal with HTC-China Mobile is that by 2020 China will be working to "broad-commercialize" its 5G network, while the United States and other countries are planning commercial 5G offerings in 2018 and 2019. Under the terms of the agreement, HTC will prepare 5G devices for a large China Mobile trial, helping to develop new 5G application concepts. As HTC says its goal is to "drive the development of 5G technologies into our daily lives and also accelerate the mass introduction of VR / AR", it is possible that we will have its first 5G VR devices before 2020 see a transport company outside China.