Meta and Sony may have dominated the conversation about consumer VR headsets for the past year or so, but longtime rival HTC isn’t ready to give up just yet.
After a teasers come back in October, HTC is said to be planning to announce a new standalone headset at CES 2023 – on January 5 – a device that promises to be light but “powerful”, capable of creating real-world experiences. virtual and augmented reality. Not too many details have been announced, but the descriptions so far suggest it’s a solid contender for both high-end Mission Meta Pro and more consumer-friendly devices like Pico 4 and Oculus 2 Quest.
Talk to precipice (opens in a new tab), HTC Global Product Manager Shen Ye said the company will unveil a device that is not only a tool for gaming, entertainment and exercise, but also for business and productivity use. This fully standalone VR headset won’t need a smartphone or PC to get it running, and it will support controllers and hand tracking for a six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) experience – also known as the The full VR experience is even more immersive than typical 3DoF VR activities like VR movies.
Color transfer seems to be the main focus of this product – which is not surprising given that Meta and others also make it their top priority. Color transmission means you can see the real world in full color while wearing the headset thanks to the outward facing cameras.
However, this device will not imitate what has been before. Ye revealed that the headset will have a depth sensor – something the Quets Pro lacks – which will allow for more effective tracking of the user’s limbs and objects in the room, and will obviously boast images as well. has better dynamic range than other options on the market. While we were impressed with the color reproduction of headsets like the Pico 4, the Quest Pro’s color range isn’t the best. If HTC’s device can deliver, this could give it a leg up on its most notable competitor.
However, there’s one Meta Quest Pro problem that HTC’s headphones won’t be able to avoid: short battery life. Ye has admitted that the device can only run for up to two hours on a single charge, just like the Quest Pro when it comes to mixed reality capabilities. The Quest Pro can last up to about three hours if it’s only used for VR experiences but we’ll have to wait and see if the HTC headset can go that far when used for less specialized tasks. deeper.
At the moment, there are many details we still don’t know about the device – most importantly its price – but we won’t have to wait long before we have more information on January 5. Be sure to come back to find out. More details about this device. CES 2023 coverage if you want to find out all the latest details.